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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
justanothamotha Due January 20; 130 kids; Climax, Michigan 5120 posts
25th Jul
Quoting Dr. Paradigm Shift Ph.D:" I don't think it's "guilt" so much as it is not wanting the bullshit and hassle of being HOUNDED by breastfeeding ... [snip!] ... statement. "Would not/Did not want to" are ,although honest, just fodder for those who love to attack others' choices."

See & I have seen just the opposite. "Could not" often results in well meaning women trying to help other moms resolve WHY they "could not" so they can be successful next time. Didn't want to - well you can't argue that...at all really. I see the same stuff with women going in for C-sections. If a woman says she is comfortable with the decision she gets MUCH less response from others than if she says she "has to" and then gives reasons that can be worked around. I've seen it on BG on this topic, c-sec/vag & others. I think telling others yu are doing what you WANT to do is often a faster way to end a conversation than telling them your hands are tied due to circumstances beyond your control, because due to sooooo much misinformation out there, many moms DO have options they don't know exist. So before getting annoyed if someone offers input or advice, make sure you haven't set them up to offer it by telling them you had an obstacle you didn't actually have.



One of my BFFs didn't BF at all & made no attempt. IDC & why should I? If she said she couldn't, I would have tried to help her work around whatever issue it was, NOT because I am butting in, but because that kind of advice is HOW I got through.

justanothamotha Due January 20; 130 kids; Climax, Michigan 5120 posts
25th Jul

I could not answer this poll. I think Similac for supplementing is a bad idea. You can supplement with ANY formula - you don't need special labeling & I do think it is a tactic from a large corporation to try to pull more customers back in as breastfeeding rates are on the rise. I would LOVE to see in what way this formula is sooo special that is "for supplementing' whereas other formulas are not?



Most women can breastfeed with the right info & support. How many can in our current climate is likely directly reflected in the number that do it.

user banned 3 kids; Los Angeles, California 54034 posts
25th Jul
Quoting justanothamotha:" See & I have seen just the opposite. "Could not" often results in well meaning women trying to help ... [snip!] ... help her work around whatever issue it was, NOT because I am butting in, but because that kind of advice is HOW I got through."


I get what you're saying completely.



And, I don't think that all breastfeeders are crazy, pushy, b***hes, either--to clarify. And BG for sure is much more mellow on the topic than it was in years past when it was a huge war whenever it came up.

Kimmy Gibbler 2 kids; Grapevine, Texas 8039 posts
26th Jul

<blockquote><b>Quoting justanothamotha:</b>" I could not answer this poll. I think Similac for supplementing is a bad idea. You can supplement with ... [snip!] ... with the right info & support. How many can in our current climate is likely directly reflected in the number that do it."</blockquote>



From what I have read it has more probiotics than any other formula, designed to help the baby with transitioning back and forth.

Emmiboo 1 child; United Kingdom 3270 posts
27th Jul

I believe that most women who give up breast feeding (myself included) probably could have succeeded if they stuck at it....... however, brastfeeding genuinely is not what is best for some mothers.
At this point most BF-nazis tend to start screaming "but what is best for the baby not the mother?".
When I gave up BF-ing I was consumed with guilt over not doing what is best for my baby. I needed some heavy meds to treat my ppd and it meant stopping bf-ing. Part of me wanted to keep trying but it was driving me over the edge.
Then one day my midwife said something to me that helped. She pointed out that there is something better than breastmilk for babies and that is a happy, relaxed mother. Sure in a perfect world all moms would be happy, content and bf-ing. Which is better for baby? Breastmilk and a mother that is only just coping and could snap at any moment.... or formula and a relaxed, positive mother who is more able to tend to the baby's other needs too.
Of course I am still pro breastfeeding and hope to breastfeed any future children I have but with my daughter it just was not the best option. I needed pretty strong meds to stop my ppd and I chose treating my ppd over bf-ing my baby. Shoot me!

justanothamotha Due January 20; 130 kids; Climax, Michigan 5120 posts
31st Jul
Quoting A&H's mommy {TKO}:" <blockquote><b>Quoting justanothamotha:</b>" I could not answer this poll. I think ... [snip!] ... what I have read it has more probiotics than any other formula, designed to help the baby with transitioning back and forth."

If that is true (am I am not sure it is) then all formula should have it. They all advertise "closer to breastmilk than ever" so they should ALL have whatever is teh the "closest" they can get. There is no sense having any with lower probiotics in them since probiotics are beneficial bacteria.



I think it is all a marketing scam like I said, aimed to encourage who do not need to, mothers to supplement "worry free". The biggest worry with supplementing is in ruining your supply, not in having formula upset a baby's tummy.

SquirrelyMom 1 child; Burlington, Ontario 792 posts
31st Jul
Quoting justanothamotha:" If that is true (am I am not sure it is) then all formula should have it. They all advertise "closer ... [snip!] ... "worry free". The biggest worry with supplementing is in ruining your supply, not in having formula upset a baby's tummy."


yeah I'm sure there is some clever marketing here. I supplemented with just regular formula, and it didn't seem to affect my baby negatively. I also made sure I was offering the breast first for all feedings and then if after a long time at the b**b if she was still complaining, I would give her a little formula. My supply still came in fine, and when it did I stopped using formula.