Becca - posted on 05/16/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )
Before your little one was born did anyone ever warn you about the risks to YOUR health if you chose to formula feed?
I know while I was pregnant that I was repeatedly told that formula is nutricianally deficient when compared to what a baby would recieve normally from it's mother's milk while nursing. That is why I chose to try to breastfeed my baby.
Now, I realize that for some people breastfeeding is not an option. Obviously, formula feeding is better than letting a child starve and formula has come a long way compared to the condensed milk and corn syrup concoctions that babies were fed when my grandmother was raising her kids.
But what I am wondering is if anyone warned you before you had your children that skipping the lactating phase (not breastfeeding) after having your baby would actually put you at "higher risk for breast and ovarian cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and many other serious health conditions" (I'm quoting, I'll post a link to the article at the end)?
I recently read an article about this issue and was surprized that no one ever mentioned the risk to my health if I chose formula feeding. When I mentioned the research to my health care provider I was also surprized that she was well aware of the research and that
it wasn't as new as I thought it would be.
So, what do you think? Regardless of how you feed your baby, were you warned and if you weren't, do you think health proffessionals should be warning people?