Enfamil Restfull - a threat to babies!
Sarah - posted on 05/20/2010
Cristina, I'm so sorry to hear about what you had to go through when you had your baby!! Bless your heart. :(
It's stories like this that prove my point that you don't know what a woman has gone through until you have walked in her shoes. We have no idea why each individual woman has gone the formula route and she should NOT feel guilty for it. Good for you Cristina, for doing what YOU felt you needed to do for you and your son. :)
Cristina - posted on 05/20/2010
I wanted to breastfeed my son more than anything. Sadly I lost over half my blood in delivery and had to get 4 pints of blood while my son was in the NICU for a week. I tried to breastfeed him for over 1 and a half months, but after he was given that first bottle when I was out of it I had lost the battle. I don't feel bad for giving him formula, I had no other choice. I was DYING and for my child to live he had to be given formula.
Adrienne - posted on 05/19/2010
I agree with Sarah. Noreen, I'm not sure who you're arguing with. I don't think anyone in this discussion knocked breastfeeding. I support moms with any choice they make as long as their baby will be happy and healthy as a result. Like Sarah, my breastfeeding experience failed but I also hope I've learned a lot from it so I can be more successful with my next baby.
To breastfeeding moms, more power to you. To exclusively formula feeding moms, it's a personal decision often influenced by many factors. To moms formula feeding because of failling at breastfeeding, you just have to know you tried and that your baby benefited from however short or long a time period you were able to nurse.
On a side note, if you feel strongly about how a mother chooses to feed her baby, consider your delivery of information. Calling formula "poison", etc. is typically a instant turn-off to mothers considering breastfeeding and can sometimes drive them to formula feeding to avoid the emotionally charged arguments that arise from the breast versus bottle debate. I'm not, in any way, trying to be rude. I'm just trying to tell you how your tone, in support of breastfeeding, may be viewed and thus detering people from what you are trying to encourage them to do in the first place which is breastfeeding. Being passionate in your delivery is one thing. Being aggressive is another. I'm sorry if people who oppose breastfeeding have driven you to being upset.
Sarah - posted on 05/19/2010
Nicely put Kellie. :) Like I said in my earlier post, I DO wish I had succeeded with breastfeeding, but the fact of the matter is that I didn't. I DID beat myself up in the beginning, but then I had to MOVE ON and stop feeling guilty. If I sat there and moped around and felt horribly guilty every single time I put formula in my son's bottle, I wouldn't be a very productive mother and I'm sure my little boy would sense the tension. I had to put my frustrations and guilt aside so I could be the best mother I could be to my son. And I agree with you Kellie. Formula is NOT poison and there is nothing wrong with it. I would never put down a mother for choosing to go straight to formula from the beginning. I know NOTHING about HER situation & until I have walked a day in her shoes, I will never understand.
Kellie - posted on 05/19/2010
Well said Sarah, I agree...I never wanted to breastfeed from the start but I did plan on pumping exclusively for the first few months. Though I thought I was ready and knowledgeable about the process, I clearly was not. This is my first baby and I plan on succeeding with my next baby. There is nothing wrong with formula feeding and I feel NO guilt in it. My son is healthy and couldn't be loved more. He's a lucky little guy. Overall I feel motherhood is just a learning experience and you'll never be perfect...even if you breastfeed. No putting down other mothers here Noreen, there's nothing wrong with formula! And if I remember correctly from an old post, you formula fed one of you children. Please don't judge, we're all here to spread advice and support.
Sarah - posted on 05/19/2010
Who on this discussion is giving breastfeeding moms crap? I'm a formula feeding mom, BUT I agree that breast is best too. I blame my failure with breastfeeding on my lack of knowledge and proper support. :( I always say that if I had known then what I know now about breastfeeding, I'm 99% sure I would have had a better experience. While I do regret not continuing to breastfeed past 2 months, I have to try and move on and not beat myself up about it. I can take my poor experience with it & learn from my mistakes so I can try and have a better breastfeeding relationship with my next child.
With that said, I thank God everyday for blessing me with a happy, healthy 8 month old son who is growing into a strong little man. :) Even though he is formula fed, I feel confident that he's in God's hands and will continue to grow and be healthy.
I think what bothers me most about your post, Noreen, is that not all formula feeding moms are the same. Some of us DO admit that we regret not breastfeeding our babies for longer than we did. I don't make excuses for my failed breastfeeding experience...all I can do is look back and see where things went wrong and try to change it for my next baby.
You know, maybe my struggles with breastfeeding will allow other mothers to feel comfortable coming to me for help and support in the future. They might be able to relate to me somehow and hopefully I can learn more about breastfeeding so I can help them like I wish someone had helped me. :)
Adrienne - posted on 05/14/2010
My son has had rice cereal added to his formula, per doctor's instructions, to help with acid reflux not to make him sleep through the night. He already started doing that at 1 month old. Luckily, I only had to add 1 1/2 tbsp. to make a big difference and he grew out of it after about 2 months. It was so bad he would just cry as soon as he was lying flat.
As for formula or breast, to each her own. I struggled with breast feeding, or rather my son did, and wasn't able to continue after about a month despite lactation consultants, pumps, etc. My son has been formula fed ever since and is a perfect healthy little boy. As long as other mom's babies are happy and healthy nutritionally, that's all that really matters regardless of how they do it.
Agreed, but formula companies are out to make money and convince women that their product is as good as breastfeeding and its not. Nestle is the worst, they have gone into developing countries, give women free formula till their milk dries up and so has the free formula then what? Women are Dependant on a product they never needed in the first place. If people did more research into formula I think they would be appalled. There are some products if you can't breastfeed that aren't terrible but don't be fooled, breast feeding is threat to the formula business which continues to lure women into thinking that their product will help your babies sleep through the night better.
If most new moms would breastfeed their babies for the first six months of life, it would save nearly 1,000 lives and billions of dollars each year, according to a new study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.
"The United States incurs $13 billion in excess costs annually and suffers 911 preventable deaths per year because our breastfeeding rates fall far below medical recommendations," the report said.
Sarah - posted on 05/09/2010
While I do not agree with putting rice cereal in babies bottles, this wasn't necessarily a knock on ALL formula. I feed my little boy formula, but I don't put cereal in it and I never have. And Kellie I agree with you...babies wake up in the middle of the night for a reason. I know it gets tiring having to wake up at all hours of the night, but that's just how parenthood is. Waking up is just part of the job. It eventually gets better, so just try and stick it out. :)
Kellie - posted on 05/09/2010
It's not a knock on all formula just this particular kind. Breast is best BUT people put rice cereal in expressed breast milk too. It's pretty much saying don't put rice cereal in bottles. Babies are not meant to sleep for hours on end. There's a reason they wake up.
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