It was crazy back then! It seems a few of the ones that were very "passionate" about BF are no longer members. I understand being an advocate and encouraging but being overtly negative when people decide to FF or have to FF was never helpful to anyone.
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21-03-2015 15:28 #41
21-03-2015 15:41 #42
I've been to other forums where formula has been called poison, junk food like Pepsi etc. it's so ridiculous (people are so sanctimonious about this issue argh!).
At the end of the day it doesn't matter, and I bet they hate that. I used to feel the need to justify my use of formula, now I don't even think twice about it lol.
21-03-2015 15:53 #43
and I've seen formula on here compared to smoking, junk food and coke. It's little wonder things got so heated back then, the sanctimony was pretty full on.
21-03-2015 16:36 #44
There's two things here that bother me with this issue:
One is there is an attitude out there of: 'Oh don't worry about having formula fed. It doesn't matter that your child won't be as smart - because you did your best and its better to be happy than smart'. And personally I find that rather patronising. Like a 'there, there' pat on the head.
Of course the inference that a formula fed child won't be as intelligent as a breastfed child has the potential to offend people! It feels like being talked to like a child who didn't win the race. 'oh well, you did your best honey'.
The second thing is that studies like these are deeply flawed. Formulas of 30 years ago are vastly different from those available today. Even today there are variations in formula. There are prescription formulas, formulas with probiotics, formulas with extra iron, standard formulas. There are a huge range to choose from because parents need to choose the food for their babies that suits that individual baby. There is no one perfect food that will suit every single baby out there. Not even breastmilk works well for every baby. One of my children thrived on it, the other was failure to thrive on breastmilk due to intolerances and other issues, and absolutely took off on prescription formula. The study has tried to account for many variables, but by the very nature of the issue being studied its impossible to account for everything.
Have I reduced my DS's potential intelligence by giving him formula? No, because he was getting sick on breastmilk. Studies like this can be dangerous. If I'd read this and thought I should stick it out at all costs or else risk losing valuable IQ points then I might have been tempted to continue with a food that was making him sick. That surely would have had a detrimental effect.
In any case, I just really don't see the point of running a study on what is effectively 30 year old formula companies?! I was 'formula fed' 30 odd years ago and it was pretty much just powdered soy milk (none of the nutrients they add today) according to mum. You cannot take results from a study on that kind of food and have it be relevant to todays formulas.
21-03-2015 16:41 #45
3-ish point? Seriously??
Sleep can improve test scores more than that!
22-03-2015 09:06 #46
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