Dana - posted on 01/10/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )
Last Friday we had a short segment on our news here (we live in Perth, Western Australia, might have been shown Australia wide, I'm not sure) reporting how a new study has found that formula feeding is nutritionally as good as breastfeeding and how breastfeeding offers no advantage over formula feeding apart from a slighly higher IQ. Now, I am not generally a person to believe everything I hear in the news, and this report went against everything I believe in; however, a small doubt has crept into my mind whether the enormous amount of effort required in expressing for day care is worth it.
Considering how stongly I do believe in the benefits of breastfeeding, and still this report has made me doubt, I believe it was quite irresponsible, because I can only imagine how many new mums are now out there currently struggling through the early weeks of breastfeeding and thinking "oh well, this study found that there is no benefit to breastfeeding, so what is the point, it's just too hard"
What does everyone else think?