formula curiosities

Leslie - posted on 03/09/2010 ( 47 moms have responded )

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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?

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You can Formula feed but don't come here to expect support from the breastfeeding moms. (even if you "had" to).

Caitlin - posted on 03/10/2010

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I resent your implications that people that formula feed their children don't have their best intrests in mind!

That said, i'm a strong beliver in breastfeeding, I breastfed my first for 7 months (not nearly as long as I wanted, but my pregnancy caused hert to reject my breastmilk) and am currently breastfeeding my second daughter, most likely as long as I can do that.

Sometimes one has no choice but to use formula. In the case of my first daughter, she self-weaned because I wasn't producing enough milk AND it was causing her some health problems. Yes, you read right, my milk was making her sick. At 4 months she was diagnosed with a life-threatening dairy allergy. Though my milk was not causing a severe life threatening reaction in her (I believe that's because mothers milk contains no casein protein) she is also allergic to whey protein and lactose, which were causing her to have constant outbreaks of eczema that would make her cry and scratch uncontrollably all day every day. Her skin weeped fluid and blood, scabs covered her face and limbs and torso and bottom. She needed 4 different creams and special medicated soaps to keep these outbreaks moderately under control (cost about 250-300$ per month). I had very little control over my decision to switch my daughter to formula - soy formula no less obviously (hypo allergenic), my priority was to choose the option that was the healthiest for my child.

I don't believe formula feeding promotes obeisity in children in America, I believe that parents don't step up anymore to take responsibilty for their decisions about educating their children about healthy choices and physical activity and encourage them to get off their butts and have an apple and a bike ride. Parents wont say no when their kids want a candy bar or ice cream or desert.

I'm sure there are many mothers out there who would have liked nothing more than to breastfeed longer - me being one of them, but through no fault of their own had to resort to formula for their childrens health and well being. I find your accusatory statements offensive and narrow minded to say the least. I believe this is a wonderful community for support and ideas and sharing, not for putting down the non-breastfeeding mothers.

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Use what you want. But I am not going to praise you cause you use formula. I just think about 90% of women that say they can't are misinformed. Because the percentage of women that can't is so small.

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I think we could be more empathetic here. I'm very pro-breastfeeding, and yes this is a breastfeeding community.



But I've found, during many years as a breastfeeding counsellor, that many people go through the most ghastly times, physically and emotionally, before finally making the decision that formula has to be the way to go.



People come to breastfeeding groups and forums etc to get help in trying to continue to breastfeed and help in coming to terms with their decision. And they're fellow mums, they NEED all the support we can give them.



So, in my opinion, to say, as Nadine did, "You can Formula feed but don't come here to expect support from the breastfeeding moms. (even if you "had" to) is pretty harsh.



People's emotional needs are extremely important. Defensiveness is often part of feeling guilty. For formula feeders, just accept that you'll get lots of enthusiasm for breastfeeding here.

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Claire - posted on 03/10/2012

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I am pro-breastfeeding, but also found the original post a bit offensive or judgmental sounding. I had a very hard time when I was first breastfeeding and almost gave up so many times. I supplemented with formula once I a while, and felt horrible about it. But looking back, it was what was best for my baby. A calm, relaxed mama is better than one freaking out over how many ounces she's producing. I drove myself crazy! I agree with the poster that said not everyone has a choice whether to bf or not. We all need to stop judging, and just make sure our babies are healthy and taken care of.

Melanie - posted on 03/24/2010

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i think most likely youre right about that. makes a whole lot of sense. and i also have to tell you that my first (almost 17 now) was a preemie born 6 weeks early. i pumped and he drank breast milk from a bottle til he was almost 3 months old at which point i stopped and put him on formula only because i burned the motor out on my pump and was only 19 and didnt know near as much as i thought i did at the time. i kick my self on a regular basis tho because i believe with all my heart that had i more information and continued to nurse he wouldnt have had all the physical and social issues he did. hes fairly normal now but its taken a lot of time and grief. my 2nd and 3rd were nursed til they were well over 2. beautiful kids that almost never get into trouble and are well liked. i am currently nursing my 4 mo old. i really believe that moms who get so defensive over formula feeding are feeling guilty and insecure because they know they were wrong, ignorant (like myself) or even selfish in certain cases that i know of personally. but i also think getting ugly about it is having a negative effect on the bf moms cause. one thing i constantly hear that aggrivates me about bf and weaning to bottle is i had to i didnt have enough milk. drs are the ones who cause this problem. people think they dont have enough milk usually because a baby is in a growth spurt and temporarily needs and increase but drs are too inexperienced in this area these days and its detrimental to the babies developement.

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Nadine, you yourself stated that you think "about 90% of women that say they can't are misinformed."

There's lots of misinformation out there. Many health professionals who should know better just don't. Their breastfeeding knowledge is out of the 50s. So don't judge the formula feeding mums, criticise those who gave them the wrong information. The challenge is to lobby for better breastfeeding training for healthcare professionals.

Sarah - posted on 03/20/2010

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Nadine, my son just turned 6 months two days ago. He has been off the breast for about 4 months now, so it might be too late for me? :( I think that's very interesting though. How long after weaning did some of those moms from your LLL group start BF again? I wouldn't be totally against it at all, if I could find a way. :)

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Sarah, How old is your son? How long have you not been breast feeding for? I have heard of some moms at our LLL group that go back to breastfeeding after weaned. I don't know if that is something that is possible for you?

Sarah - posted on 03/20/2010

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Nadine, I totally understand where you are coming from. And I agree. I definitely think if women got more help and support with breastfeeding, then they could be successful. If I knew then, what I know now, I'm almost 100% positive I would still be breastfeeding my son. :( I have learned so much about breastfeeding in the past 6 months, Yes, I'm a FF mom, but I want to stay a part of this group because I HAVE learned a lot, and I do plan on breastfeeding my next child. I'm not sure if you are talking to me, but if you are, I'm not looking to be praised in any way. I am well aware of the "rules" regarding formula in this group. I just hate to see well meaning moms being chased away.

Sarah - posted on 03/20/2010

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I agree with Kathy...I definitely think there needs to be more empathy here. Being a mom, especially a brand new mom, is challenging. And with all the emotions and hormones invovled, moms don't want to come looking for support and then get a "beating."



Put yourself in someone else's shoes. I'm sure some of you can remember what it was like to be a brand new mom who struggled and fought your hardest everyday to get your newborn to breastfeed. A new mom comes to this community looking for help & she is literally at her whit's end with breastfeeding & brings up the possible use of formula as a last resort. She doesn't realize that the topic of formula is such a "sin" amongst this group. And then people attack her & tell her to go somewhere else. Do you think that kind of response is really going to make her WANT to continuing seeking breastfeeding support? Now the mom feels embarrased and ashamed because she didn't know that formula was such a "sore spot" with some people. I'm not saying that anyone here should support formula, I'm just saying...let's try to be a little more empathetic and kinder toward frustrated moms looking for a little help and understanding.



Honestly though, I don't even know why I wasted my time writing this. Someone is going to write back attacking ME now. It never ends. The breastfeeding vs. formula feeding debate is going to go on for years to come. There will always be those extremeists who would rather attack than encourage.

Adrian - posted on 03/20/2010

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Nadine -- if one can't breastfeed then what do you expect them to use? I can't imagine that all communities have a breast milk bank. Regardless of how a mother chooses to feed her baby I find it's best to not be so judgmental. I thought this board was to support those that breastfeed not judge those that don't. Although I do agree with the statement of not going to a breastfeeding board to expect support for formula feeding because it will not happen. It's just the same as if someone went to a formula feeding group expecting support for breast feeding. It's not going to happen.

Anneke - posted on 03/20/2010

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Something I have noticed on a lot of forums now is the same argument, ff mothers defending formula and accusing breastfeeding mums of bashing them. Yet if you had of made an informed decision to how you feed your child would you be here? every mum wants wants best for their child so why give artificial milk? if you can why would you? I understand woman who cant as some have medical conditions but whats with all the other excuses now? This is your childs health where talking about and I hope that my child thanks me some day for my informed decision to breastfeed him. How come now breastmilk isnt even first? its because of the formula companies making their food look like a good substitute when its not. Its not the same and never will be the same. Its full of cheap stuff, it actually depends on the price of the ingredients what goes in there and are not legally required by law to even tell you what goes in there. There are so many loop holes they can get around just to sell this stuff. probably the best part of that formula is the vitamins they added to it. The rest is oils and dead cow cells which where living anti bodies only for cows not human babies, there is even whay powder in there that builds babies up fatter. like the body builders use. They will never get the mix right and babies will get sick from it and even dying, because they arnt breastfeed they are prone to infections and their poor guts have nothing to protect them or anti bodies from the mum like the Brest milk which coats the lining and protects. Breastfeeding has a lot of lower risks to like sid , It benefits even the relationship the mother and baby have that a bottle cant, you cant get skin to skin contact with a bottle.

of course anyone saying anything bad about formula and thats just pointing out the facts is attacking woman on decisions they make. Well I ask you this, why did you make that decisions? *cue list of excuses to why I couldnt breastfeed* about 99% of woman can they just lack the support. And because of the damage formula advertising has done its now a taboo practically. Breasts are for sex now not for feeding a baby, I dont need to point out how facebook views breastfeeding pics and that porn is more expectable than bf.

I am not attacking unless you decided to feed your baby this and know all the facts, which is beyond me why anyone would. But if you cant breastfeed its there, it has risks and no one can change that or dance around the facts. As someone else mentioned this is a breatsfeeding forum and you will not be supported for formula feeding here.
I have more hatred for the fact the advertising companies who gain all the money for this damaging breastfeeding and making mothers ignorant than someone who made that informed decision. Just so long as you know what it can do and dont doubt the facts, the tin is NOT as good, it dosnt come close to the real thing.

I dont blame some mums for not knowing enough when breast feeders are stamped on for trying to raise awareness about the benefits and dangers of not breastfeeding because they have been bashed and some are afraid to even open their mouths now.

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Ok than. I will rephrase that. "Sorry you can't breastfeed and sorry I can't support you're decision to formula feed".

Anna - posted on 03/17/2010

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Part of the description of this "Breastfeeding Moms" community says:
"This group is here to promote breastfeeding and support families who choose to breastfeed. Please refrain from recommending formula in this group. Group Guidelines: 1. We do not support or encourage the use of Formula. Please refrain from recommending the use of formula..."
If you have a problem with this, then remove yourself from this group. I was excited to find a community that would not support formula feeding! So, for those of you that are being so defensive of your choice to formula feed and even promoting it, and obviously no longer breastfeeding, PLEASE remove yourself from this community!

Tara - posted on 03/16/2010

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Agreed Nadine. Thank you for the input I wish more people would stick by this :))

Tara - posted on 03/16/2010

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WOW really guys?! I dont believe this post was meant for bashing. This is BREASTFEEDING FORUM...WOW Nicole i agree 100%!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)))

Sarah - posted on 03/16/2010

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Hannah G, I read your post on the other forum & I have to agree that some of the responses got really out of hand. Moms were getting off the subject and bashing each other left and right. It was crazy in there! I think the reason why I have a tendency to get so "defensive" about the subject of breastfeeding vs. formula feeding is simply because I have a lot of regret for not continuing to breastfeed my son longer than 2 measly months. I don't want to get into it a long, detailed story, but I really struggled with breastfeeding & I tried very hard to make it work. I guess I'm just a little stubborn thing & tried to make it work on my own without much support from anyone else. I breastfed some, pumped some, and supplemented with formula most often. In the end, because I supplemented more and more, my milk supply dwindled. I got discouraged and sadly ended up going to formula at 2 months. I felt guilty, regretful, shameful, and less of a mother. These feelings turned to anger/jealousy towards moms who CAN breastfeed so easily and I became very defensive.



Now that my son is 6 months old (on the 18th), I have done my best to let these feelings go. I can't let guilt and shame get in the way of being a good mother to my precious son. I have to be honest though and say that the "defensiveness" DOES creep back in at times. Even though I am currently feeding my son formula, I am definitey PRO breastfeeding & I think it's one of the most wonderful gifts that a mom can give to her baby. If I have any more children, God willing, I will do my best to breastfeed him/her. :)

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I want to give you a thumbs up Nicole Beck. I had a dream that something happened to my sister and that it was my responsibility to take care of my niece who is 3 months older than my son so she is 8month. and in my dream I naturally breast fed her. When I told my sister this dream she was horrified. Her baby is formula fed. I would embrace the idea of giving my baby what's best if I couldn't. Out here donor milk is not easy to come by. By baby has not had a sip of anything fake though

Nicole - posted on 03/16/2010

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Major link! Check out the Suck On This group on regular facebook. Don't even bother with the "just in case" formula. It is a recipe for disaster ( even though you did succeed with your first :D). Breastmilk is not best, it is Normal. Formula should be treated as a drug- a last ditch effort to keep a baby from starvation. I hope that donor milk in the future becomes more cost effective and easily attainable so all babies can get the human milk they deserve. (cue the huffing and puffing about feeding *your* baby donor milk) My sister and I cross nurse each others babies. I ran out of pumped milk while i was stuck at work. My boyfriend called frantic and I told him to let my sister nurse her- no way in hell formula would cross my baby's lips. As a society, we need to get over the faut pas of cross/wet nursing and look out for the best interest of our babies.

Tama - posted on 03/15/2010

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Re: Hannah's post... That's what I was wondering. I'm fairly new to the Circle of Mom's message boards, but I distinctly remember reading "Breastfeeding Moms" at the top of the page and was sort of confused about what all the debating BF vs FF was all about!? I am very supportive of BF and am currently nursing my 5 yr old son (my DD weaned at 2.5 when DS was born). If you aren't into nursing and thinking it rules, why read a BF support board and glorify FFing?!

Hannah - posted on 03/15/2010

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Holly, u CANNOT be so deffensive about not BFing!! You are in the Breastfeeding moms Forum community!! Thats what we talk about!!!

Hannah - posted on 03/15/2010

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I finally found a community I belong to!! I am a very hardcore breastfeeding woman with an 8 month old son! My post on Why do women choose not to BF on another group page got locked because people were SOOOOOO offende for me asking such a question! I even got some really nasty messages! Whats that about!!??

Tama - posted on 03/15/2010

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I have seen moms give a baby a bottle of formula because the baby is fussy and maybe it's "time to eat" for the baby (according to some "schedule"). When you breastfeed your baby, they may be at the breast when they are fussy, but that doesn't mean they are eating. They can suck away and not get tons of milk if that's what they want at the time. I don't know what's in formula b/c neither of my two had it (DD nursed until my son was born and she was 2.5 and DS who is now 5 is still nursing). I've not done a bit of research to be able to say what's in in that could be contributing to obesity, but for sure I've seen mom's overfeeding their babies b/c all the baby needs is to suck and once the bottle is in there w/ milk in it, they can't help but eat.

Adrian - posted on 03/15/2010

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I don't think the big debate here on obesity is regarding breastmilk or formula. It is a matter of teaching your children good habits as far as eating and exercise. It is keeping them eating healthy snacks such as fresh fruit instead of candy and having them go outside to play instead of sitting inside watching tv. The obesity epidemic comes from inactivity and poor food choices. Convenience of fast food and technology of video games and computers is great but it has in many ways become our worst enemy.

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I'm from Australia, so I'm not weighing into the obesity debate here. But I have to say that I'm really tired of having to walk on eggshells around formula-feeding mothers. I breastfed all my kids (and I wasn't lucky, it was bloody hard work!) Breastmilk is great, I loved breastfeeding and I think I did a great job. I make no apologies for being so enthusiastic about breastfeeding.



I do know there are lots of people who have problems breastfeeding and lots of people who don't want to breastfeed. I think that's sad, but that's only my personal opinion. I would never judge them because I'm not made that way and anyway I don't have the right!



So please, accept my enthusiasm. Don't take it as a judgement. I'm not looking down on anyway, and I can't make anyone feel guilty.

Kristin - posted on 03/13/2010

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elizabeth- im sorry but how does formula have anything to do with endometriosis

Lise - posted on 03/12/2010

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From personal experience, no... My brother and I (bf) are both overweight; my best friend and hubby both formula fed and skinny. I'm always sick; my hubby has an amazing immune system. Overall I think results vary, but that's my experience.

Still, I bf my baby and plan to keep it up. :)

Holly - posted on 03/11/2010

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I agree totally with C M's post. I mean there are so many factors you have to consider when it comes to obesity. Correct me if I am wrong but doesn't America have the highest obesity rate in the world and not all of the people were formula fed. You have to include genetics, disease, exercise, diet, etc to figure that out, it's just impossible.

Rachelle - posted on 03/11/2010

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I really don't think the OP intended on making FF mother feel bad. Or BF moms feel superior. I didn't get that at all until I started reading the comments.

Everyone always is so uptight about things like this. It's quite humorous. You can only do what you can. And at the end of the day, all that matters is that you and your child are healthy, there is love, understanding, and luckily a couple hours of sleep. Who cares what others think, do, say? You know you are doing the right thing, whatever that is.

As for the original question in the OP: How do you think formula feeding in infants has contributed to the obesiety epidemic in America? Does anyone see a link?

I don't really see a link. Maybe in cases of overfeeding. But, no, I don't think so.

Sarah - posted on 03/11/2010

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Ugghh I'm deleting my last post. After giving it some thought, it really wasn't necessary to post what I did, because it really had nothing to do with the content of the original post. Sorry everyone.



Elizabeth, I'm sorry you always feel like the "bad guy." It's sad that mothers are made to feel this way based on their parenting choices. Whether a baby is breastfed, formula fed, co-sleeps, sleeps in his/her own crib, vaccinated, or not vaccinated...I think that most all moms out there, regardless of how you choose to raise your child, have his/her best interest at heart. We are ALL MOMS doing the best we can. And for those rude, uneducated, nosy people that stare and make horrible comments toward moms who breastfeed in public...they should be the ones to put a bag over their head if they don't want to see it. :)

C - posted on 03/11/2010

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Wow! Not sure how to respond...

Okay, the original ? was if I thought Formula contributed to Obesity. I don't feel I am educated enough (on this subject) to give a strict answer. No matter which side you are for, I am sure you could find a study to support it. Then others can tear apart your study based on too narrow of a research group, loose control factors, length of time... Not to mention, what were the statisitical variations....

Personally, I began nursing my first and had to quit when she was a few months old. She was early and had severe jaundice that was raising even though she was on lights. They thought she may have been one of the rare cases of breast milk jaundice (allergy) and asked me to stop nursing. I pumped, but when I got the go ahead to start nursing again she refused me. I was crying, she was crying. It was better for us to switch to formula. My next three children I successfully nursed. All of my children are in advanced classes and are at healthy weights.

It was my understanding that some of the "obesity" factors have less to do with the milk choice but the quantity. A breastfed baby tends to (not always) just drink till they are full wheras sometimes a bottlefed baby/parent get into a routine where the baby drinks X amount every X hours wether they really are hungry for it. Plus, there are always the parents that let the little ones run around with bottles hanging from their mouths (or cups) until they are school age. Then they move onto a fried food diet (snicker snicker)

One mom mentioned a statisitc that only 2% of U.S. mothers truly can't breastfeed, the rest is by choice and that other nations... Well, I have known some moms who should not have breastfed. They had milk, but not "good" milk and their babies were not thriving. As for other nations... Have you seen the death rates in some of these other nations. They nurse because the child would die otherwise, that doesn't mean they are healthy...

Elizabeth - posted on 03/11/2010

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Amber, I totally agree with you.I too am tired of being the "bad guy" when we are the ones whom always get the looks, the comments, being asked to leave an establishment etc.

Elizabeth - posted on 03/11/2010

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I full heartily believe it has alot to do with our health in general. Formula is linked to diabetes, Crohns Disease, Colitis, and so on. There are so risk associated with it, and sadly so many are uneducated about it. I personally have Crohns disease and was a formula fed child, I also have endometriosis which is another that is associated with formula. I am sorry that you have gotten such negativity for your post. Formula is a continuous experiment; they are constantly changing it to try to match it to breast milk, it is also full of dead nutrients due to all the processing all the enzymes and live cultures are killed off. I am a mom of a formula feed/breastfed son, whom by no choice of mine but by a supposed life threatening medical issue my son was put on formula (a month later I was told he could have the rest of my stored stash roughly 6 months worth thank god!) But that being said sometimes Yes it is medically necessary but other wise it is not. Yes breastfeeding is very difficult in the beginning I know I struggled with both of my LO's and had so many complications with my first from inverted nipples, nipple confusion, matisis (sorry spelling) you name it but having the right mind set and not using formula as an out I have succeed and I take pride in knowing that! I know several amazing women whom had latch issues but choose to pump because it is that important and have made it past the 1 year mark doing so.

Holly - posted on 03/11/2010

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Okay, I find in a lot of case people who breastfeed look down upon people who formula feed. I tried for three months to breastfeed and every doctor, lactation consultant, advised me to stop, so I did. I had to stop so don't put down the only thing that kept my daughter alive and well. Because if it was just for breastfeeding she no doubt would have starved to death, so thank god for formula.

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processed food is way worse than cows milk, formula is extremely processed. only around 2% of women actually have problems where they cannot breastfeed, other developed counties have breastfeeding rates that match that. america is way off and every mother that have issues and problems, given bad advice from healthcare professionals or just plan gave up breastfeeding think they fall into that category, making it hard to believe anyone's excuses for formula feeding. but this post isn't about that, it was a question about obesity rates and formula feeding rates. no one ever said you were a bad mother, so if you think that, you have your own issues because i don't recall reading anything about that... and on the other side, no one said breast feeding moms are the best and always make the best choices for their babies.... no one is talking about you

Holly - posted on 03/11/2010

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No cows milk is crap. I see people having babies putting them on just straight cow's milk at 6 months. Some people have to put their children on it and maybe you should look at the fact that maybe some of us didn't choose not to be able to breastfeed. I tried and good for you if you're lucky enough to do it, but DO NOT make people feel like it is "crap" and "I would never give THAT to my baby!" That's horrible, especially when some people like myself cannot help it. To me, formula is great because my child and I were getting sick from nursing so it was a cure for us. At least she's getting something. This group is going to the dogs... I find some of the mothers on here that breastfeed think they are the best moms in the world and are superior, so I'll say it again. Not being able to breastfeed does NOT make you a good mother.

Nikki - posted on 03/11/2010

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well, i'm going to point out that the original post was about the poor quality of formula and the health effects of it.... not people who use formula are bad mothers.... don't take things so to heart. formula is forth best.... that doesn't mean moms that use it are. but yes... formula is crap

Holly - posted on 03/11/2010

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Oh yeah and Florence, I have an extremely high IQ and I'm bilingual in French and English. Est'ce-que je me bete maintenant ?

Holly - posted on 03/11/2010

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Well I know lots of people who are skinny as a twig and they were formula fed. My daughter is tall and skinny. She is right where she should be now in a height/weight proportion. You can't blame formula for the garbage (chips, pop, juice, etc) that kids eat as children and adolescents. Look at how some Americans eat and have lack of exercise and you wonder why they are overweight? Oh my...

Sarah - posted on 03/10/2010

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First of all, I have to agree that breastfeeding is, of course, the best thing for your baby. Although, what your post is insinuating is that ALL formulas contain corn syrup solids and malodextrin. Now, from what I have found, there are several formulas in which the carbohydrate source is from corn syrup or malodextrin. These formulas being: Soy Based, Nestle Good Start Supreme, Carnation Follow-up, Isomil, Prosobee, Alsoy, Lacto-free, Nutramigen, and Pregestamil.



Milk Based Formulas, Similac Ross, and Enfamil Mead Johnson use Lactose as its Carbohydrate source...not corn syrup. So, let's make it clear that not ALL formulas contain corn syrup. Under certain circumstances, some mothers HAVE to use formula & some have to use a soy based formula which, yes, contains corn syrup solids. But, in this situation, the mother is doing the best she can for her baby if this is the only food the baby is tolerating.



Now to answer your question. I know research has shown that breastfeeding your child may lower his/her obesity risk as a child or teenager. While this may be true, it is also important to teach your toddler healthy eating habits and you yourself must be a good role model for healthy eating and exercising. With that said, I was formula fed through most of my infancy and I was always skinny as a rail as a child/teenager. All children are different and a lot depends on genetics & environmental factors such as exercising & instilling healthy eating habits in your child from early on. :)

Holly - posted on 03/10/2010

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I think this post is quite offensive. I am 19 years old and I breastfeed my daughter for 3 months and she and I just got really frustrated with all of the problems it was causing. I was against giving her formula and I had to be almost forced to do it. I need to do what was best for my baby and I. Everyone is different. Some people as much as they want to cannot breastfeed. It can make their children sick, lose weight, make the mother sick, etc. Breastfeeding does not make you a good mother. Yes it is a wonderful thing though. My daughter has everything else in the world, homemade food (all veggies and meats, no sugar or non-health foods), the best formula you can buy, enough clothes for 3 kids and toys galore. I love her more than anything and if I could have kept breastfeeding I would have. So just because some moms have to put their babies on formula for medical reasons then I do not see a problem with it. Are you saying I should have kept breastfeeding and have my child starve to death, be really sick, or me be sick and unable to care for her. You should really think of what you are saying....

Florence - posted on 03/10/2010

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Of course. That's why there are separate growth charts for formula and bf babies. Cow milk is for cows. They need to grow big quickly. Add tons of sugar, what do you expect?



Formula has other drawbacks. When studies show that breastfed babies have higher IQ, what they are really showing is that formula lowers a babies IQ. Duh. Maybe the scientists were formula fed ;-)

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