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Cast Your Vote:

    • All women can EBF if they want it enough. -- Votes: 15
    • Some women cannot; enter formula. -- Votes: 82
Can all women BF D&D. Kimmy Gibbler 2 kids; Grapevine, Texas 8039 posts
19th Jul

This is spawned from something I saw on FB. A petition to ask Similac to pull their formula designed for supplementing off the shelves. They say, "Women have been breastfeeding on their own for thousands of years, we don't need to supplement. That's why we're alive today." This implies that all women are ABLE to breastfeed, but some can't because of supplementing. Do you think that if a woman is unsuccessful in breastfeeding it's because of supplementation, or is it not so black and white?

J ♡ N + 1 2 kids; Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina 1159 posts
19th Jul

I can't medically so I don't know what I would have done back in the day. I'm physically not able to. So I have to supplement.

S ♥ J ♥ L 1 child; 3 angel babies; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 3692 posts
19th Jul

I believe some women physically cannot.



I, on the other hand, could have tried harder but the pain of it and my PPD took over and SO broke our 4th or so night home at 3 am and bought formula and bottles.



I wish I could go back and change all of that.

What's wrong, flat face? TTC since Jul 2012; 1 child; 3 angel babies; Texas 13678 posts
19th Jul

Not all women can BF and back in the day that is what wet nurses were for. (Not just that but if a woman couldn't BF she would use a wet nurse.)

BornToBeWorn<3 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Norfolk, Virginia 5367 posts
19th Jul
Quoting A&H's mommy {TKO}:" This is spawned from something I saw on FB. A petition to ask Similac to pull their formula designed ... [snip!] ... Do you think that if a woman is unsuccessful in breastfeeding it's because of supplementation, or is it not so black and white?"


Definitely a grey area. Before formula there was wet nurses. Tribes would have the successful breastfeeding moms pick up the slack for the babies of moms who had low, or no supply and couldn't BF. We've become a society that believes that you can do it all and not accept when something doesn't happen or work the way planned.

The Great Deku Tree 1 child; Kokiri Forest, IN, United States 4161 posts
status 19th Jul

Neither.
The majority can BF if they want it enough. There are a few who cant. Enter formula.

Rette Mich 1 child; Texas 27601 posts
19th Jul

Nope I couldn't because of meds I was on and my sons prematurity and his own health issues. So no not all are able

Boobo&bugs Due September 24; 1 child; Simpsonville, South Carolina 5609 posts
19th Jul

Some women physically cannot. Back in the day they'd have a wet nurse. That's insensitive and rude. I fought tooth and nail to breastfeed and I've been very successful. But there are some women that just physically cannot or medically should not. I guess if everyone was cool with wet nurses and donated milk. I know had I not been successful breastfeeding I sure as heck wouldn't be ok with some strangers milk.

Kimmy Gibbler 2 kids; Grapevine, Texas 8039 posts
19th Jul

The way I see it, some women cannot produce enough to EBF. I couldn't with my son due to complications surrounding his labor. I think it's really easy for someone who has been able to physically produce enough milk and maybe just struggled with latch issues and supply issues in the BEGINNING to tell someone that everyone can EBF. It's just ignorance, IMO. Yes, women BF for thousands of years. They also had wet nurses for women who could NOT BF. Because they do exist. Secondly, your body, your choice. If you want to supplement, you can. Why should anyone make you feel lesser? I've loved EBF my daughter, but I've been on both sides of the coin. Personally, I'm glad Similac is making a formula specifically for supplementation! There was a need there for that and it has been filled.

user banned 3 kids; Los Angeles, California 54034 posts
19th Jul

Some can't, and that's the end of it. Some women don't produce, some get depressed, some need medications that don't mesh with bfing, etc. Most women probably can, but not everyone wants to screw around with how hard it can be.

Belle. TTC #2 TTC since Oct 2013; 1 child; Alberta 3448 posts
19th Jul

Alot of women give up way too easy and use the excuse tht they are physically unable. I know 4 women who gave up in the first two months and 5 women who didnt even try to breastfeed. These are all the friends I have that had babies around the same time as me. I am the only one I know who breastfeeds from around here! My friend gave up because it hurt too much and she said her body isn't able to. I don't think she realizes it hurts for everyone in the first little bit.

~The Lunar Flower~ Due January 13; 1 child; Alabama 6738 posts
19th Jul

<blockquote><b>Quoting Dr. Paradigm Shift Ph.D:</b>" Some can't, and that's the end of it. Some women don't produce, some get depressed, some need medications ... [snip!] ... that don't mesh with bfing, etc. Most women probably can, but not everyone wants to screw around with how hard it can be. "</blockquote>



This:!: a large majority of those who don't breastfeed though don't even try or act like it would be an inconvenience to their social life. I think it is great for everyone to try because it's good for you & your baby. It's not for everyone though & that's also a fact. Medical or mental reasons prevent a lot of women who would love to breastfeed.

linsα 2 kids; Bordeaux, AQ, France 28674 posts
status 19th Jul

Nope, come can't. Before formula women had to use wet nurses. I don't believe that so many women can't, the numbers are rather low but yes, some women physically cannot.

Kimmy Gibbler 2 kids; Grapevine, Texas 8039 posts
19th Jul

<blockquote><b>Quoting Belle.:</b>" Alot of women give up way too easy and use the excuse tht they are physically unable. I know 4 women ... [snip!] ... it hurt too much and she said her body isn't able to. I don't think she realizes it hurts for everyone in the first little bit."</blockquote>




Who cares If they "gave up" though? What I don't understand is that the same women who are all screaming about how women who don't EBF are weak, etc are the same ones who are pro-choice (not saying this is you, btw). What is the difference? Formula isn't poison. It's ultimately the WOMAN'S body. Why does her choice when it comes to what she does or does not do with her body become invalid after the baby is born? And I have friends like yours, too, who say they are physically unable, when they probably are able, but I think a lot of times they say that to avoid being made to feel horribly guilty by BF nazis. Also, maybe some people feel that they are physically unable to endure they pain?

HanaK 1 child; Tennessee 966 posts
19th Jul

I think any women can bf if they put they're determined. A lot of ladies give up 2quick.



I was supplementing the first 2wks to get my supply up, saw it wasn't getting any better just threw away everything literally so I had no choice but to alway put dd on breast everytime.. My supply was too much lol.. Now it's perfect
I've been ebf for 13months