Leslie - posted on 03/09/2010 ( 47 moms have responded )
Hi y'all! I breast fed my daughter for 25 months and co-slept. I have never regretted the two years, I only regret not doing it longer.
My daughter will be 7 in April, she has an immune system of steel.
I always carried expressed milk but kept a tiny portion of formula just in case we were in a tight situation where I couldn't pull the nahnahs out for a tasty meal. Maybe a few formula feedings a month, not enough to affect my milk but plenty left over in the can to give to our developing labrador retriever, buddy, a recent adoptee from the shelter (full blooded and indoor trained too!)
My new baby is due in September and as a curiosity I went and checked out the various formulas (or crap in a can) just in case i didn't have enough expressesed or just for emergency use only! Please don't ever think I would think of formula feeding my baby. My breasts make the best milk for my baby! I was thinking emergencies only!
I was horrified and shocked at the amount of corn syrup solids and malodextrin (corn derivative) in each can of powdered crap. Holy frijoles! I thought to myself! Corn syrup has links to diabetes and obesiety. Here we are in the middle fo a toddler obesiety crisis and this is what they are fed as infants? Is it any surprise that so many children are developing type 2 diabetes?
This time around will be very different. Instead of clothes or blankets (i sew and garage sale) I'm asking for gift card to wal-mart. I can compile them and buy a deep freezer from sam's. When one breast is leaking because the new baby is feeding, I'm going to manually pump the milk and empty that breast too. It will increase my supply and get my body back to shape as well. I will be that new mother with the kickin' bod and enough sleep. :)
As a side note, I recently tested a high allergy to corn syrup. It makes me lethargic and moody. Why would I ever consider giving my child something that I have such a strong allergy to?
OH! and the Buddy (labrador) story? He was adopted and weighed 35 lbs, a far stretch from where he needed to be. He was malnourished and so when he finished his dry kibble topped with an egg, we treated him to a large bowl of watered down formula. He gained weight and had a beautiful coat. So yes, I like formula and think it was a smart choice for Buddy. My dog. My baby, however, is a different story.
So here's the question:
How do you think formula feeding in infants has contributed to the obesiety epidemic in America? Does anyone see a link?