Melissa - posted on 03/03/2009 ( 50 moms have responded )
I want to make sure I'm in the right spot for support.
This is "Breastfeeding Moms" community, not "Supplementing Moms" community. I'm wondering why it's a place for formula feeding advice? I'm not sure it's very encouraging for a struggling momma to go in a BF support group and see formula recommended for things other than issues that are medical necessary. Especially to get more sleep.... Please advise if I'm in the wrong group as I would love to see an exclusive breastfeeding group where formula is only supported for medical reasons.
I'm not saying I'm not supportive of mothers that choose differently, I just would prefer not to see "Supplementing is okay" mentality given to a mother that is struggling with normal breastfed baby behavior.
For instance, I am a member of another community on another site and these are the rules:
We are a Pro-Breastfeeding community, designed to educate, encourage and support other women through their breastfeeding journey. Our members are:
* Currently Breastfeeding
* Pregnant and Planning on Breastfeeding
* Experienced, here to offer their support
Any advice that contradicts or discourages the advice of the La Leche League (LLL) or the World Health Organization (WHO) will not be given (or tolerated).
Call 1-877-4-LALECHE (1-877-525-3243) for 24 hour toll-free breastfeeding helpline services in the US.
"Exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months is the optimal way of feeding infants.
Thereafter infants should receive complementary foods with continued breastfeeding
up to 2 years of age or beyond. "
~ from the World Health Organization Exclusive Breastfeeding Policy
We do not support supplementing with human milk substitutes or giving up for any reason (unless absolutely medically necessary), and we do not accept the following excuses:
* "I want my body back."
* "It's too much work"
* "I want more sleep" etc...
Breastfeeding is not a "choice", and will not be presented as such in this community. It is your child's birthright, and your responsibility as a Mother. We are all here because we know that babies were born to be breastfed, and we will all do our damnedest to ensure that every one of us is successful.
You are a strong woman, and you CAN do it. You just need to believe in yourself, and we're here to help.
We fully support and encourage all mothers to eliminate their reliance on supplementing with inferior human milk substitutes and return to 100% breastmilk. If your goal is to get your baby back on the breast, we welcome you with open arms, you can succeed!
I am hoping to find a place like that. Thank you!