As a formula feeder (and a proud one, at that) I hate hate hate seeing the "Breast is Best" tagline on all my cans of formula and in every Similac or Enfamil ad in my parenting magazines. I know that Mother Nature is better than science. But, a healthy, well fed baby is better than one who screamed every time he got near my breast. I also think snuggling and interacting is more beneficial to a child than being put in a rocker for hours while I struggled to pump a measly two ounces a day.
Since I have no milk to give my child, formula is best. Everyone knows nutritionally breast milk is superior to formula and being reminded of that every time I buy formula is not beneficial. I know the formula makers are pressured by the WHO and AAP to put those labels on their products, but I'd rather buy from a company that is confident in their formulas. For the mothers whose milk has dried up and those who've adopted or foster parent, that message is counterproductive (there is something called relactation, but I don't know how effective it really is). For those parents and caregivers formula is best, because without it, their children would starve.
And then there's this little gem.
|FYI, I'm not the Lindsey she's referring to|
Well Jody, my son is formula fed and is extremely healthy! At five months old (as of tomorrow) my son is nearly triple his birth weight thanks in large part to the high-calorie formula he was on for four months. He has received A+'s at each of his doctor's appointments. So yes, "formula" and "extremely healthy" do go together, thankyouverymuch.
It just really makes me sad how much animosity there is between formula and breast feeders. I won't bat an eye at how you feed your kid, and I would like the same courtesy. As long as you're not feeding your infant straight cow's milk you shouldn't be reprimanded for doing what is best for your family.
At first I did have a lot of guilt about using formula exclusively. But I kind of love it now. I will probably formula feed all our children without hesitation.
Sooo, I guess after that long rant my point is, who cares what someone else's kid eats? As long as the child is well-fed, you shouldn't judge them.
And to stand up for my fellow formula mamas, please think before telling them breast is best. For them, it's not. I'm willing to bet that most formula feeding mom's wanted to breastfeed at one point (but if not, that's totally fine). It didn't work. There's no need to comment on it, I assure you the mother knows what she's doing; just worry about feeding your own child by whatever means you see fit.
Whew! I usually don't get all preachy, but those comments really got my panties in a bunch, obviously. Also, I don't think that most breastfeeding moms think this way. I'm sure a majority of mom's fall in to the category of "do what's best for you," so it's just a small percentage that are narrow-minded and perpetuate the animosity. Especially since the original intention of the picture was simply to inform parents of a product change, not to cause any controversy. Can't we all just get along and sing Kumbaya?
If you're a formula feeding mom, check out the Fearless Formula Feeder blog, they offer lots of good insight :).
I thought I'd end on an upbeat and uncontroversial note by posting this adorable video I took of Harry yesterday.
He keeps doing that lip sucking thing, too funny!