It's "good enough"

Jolene - posted on 02/28/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I have to say I don't undertsand why some people have that "it's good enough" mentality when it comes to their children!?

I buy my baby organic, non-processed foods whenever possible. Is this somehow unreasonable or unecessary?

It bothers me so much when people say "well I didn't have those kind of foods when I was little and I'm just fine" That may be so, but there is also so much more crap in our foods now then there ever was even 20 years ago! With organics being so widely available now a days it's not even like you have to go out of your way to buy it, it's in grocery stores everywhere now!

I hate being treated like I'm some parinoid freak for wanting these things for my child! And not EVERYTHING for her has to be 100% natural, organic or preservative free. Do I stop her from eating those mashed potatoes from a resturant when I know they are a mix from a box? No! Or do I stop her from having milk from a resturant or grandmas house when I know it's not organic milk? No! But I really believe it is so important to cut down on those kinds of things when possible.

Am I alone in this?

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Jolene - posted on 02/28/2009

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I must make myself a little more clear...I do not think there is anything wrong with not feeding organic foods to your child if you simply cannot afford it. I am thinking more about the people within your own families who treat you like that. My fiance for my main example! He doesn't think we should NOT do it, but still doesn't really see the big need. Sorry if I made it sound as if I was thinking people who don't are doing something wrong, that was not my intention.

Malinda - posted on 02/28/2009

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Angela, are you implying that moms who don't breastfeed or feed only organic foods don't care about their children? I hope you're more intelligent than that....

People should certainly not judge your choices, but that goes both ways....

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Unfortunately, organic food is not readily available in all areas, and as Malinda added, is very pricey in some of these areas.  In the middle of Southern Mississippi, for example, it is dificult to be totally organic when, like me, you're a graduate student and your husband is the only one of the two with a full-time job.  I don't treat people who eat organic foods as if they are idiots or paranoid-but I don't appreciate being treated as if I'm doing something bad by buying what I can easily afford. 

Angela - posted on 02/28/2009

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people just like to ridicule moms who really seem to care about their children. many of the people around me can't understand why i'm still breastfeeding my 9 month old. they say formula is the right choice. people want to watch my little girl for me, but i don't want to leave her. it's not that i don't trust them, my daughter is super sensitive and doesn't like to get too far away from her major food source. with my older boys, they haven't spent longer than my hospital stay (when my daughter was born) away from me. i wish they could've stayed with me! some of my friends will ship their kids off for the summer and not call to check on them. i love my kids and want the best for them, and i want to be the one taking care of them!

i am so with you jolene, people need to leave us caring moms alone!

Tamara - posted on 02/28/2009

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Please understand that not all of us can afford organics. For the longest time, DH and I scraped by on about $25/a week for groceries. That budget allowed for NO organics, very little fruit and vegetables unless a.) they were in a can and b.) on sale. In fact the majority of what we ate was starch and super cheap meat. It's not that we didn't want it, it's that we simply couldn't afford it.

Please don't paint all of us with so wide a brush.

Malinda - posted on 02/28/2009

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"And when it comes to the cost of things (organic being more expensive) who cares?"



I don't know youre demographic, but for *many* people in the US and other countries, simple budgeting or doing without a latte or two a week won't make the difference for them. There are thousands of people on government assistance, even being provided emergency food provisions by the government. And even in my *very* pro-organic community you can be sure that what is being offered to the poor is not organic.



So... some people really DO care.

Heather - posted on 02/28/2009

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I agree 100%.  My husband and I plan on buying as much organic foods as possible for our son.  We've been slowly converting to all organic ourselves and we can feel a physical difference, health wise.  And when it comes to the cost of things (organic being more expensive)  who cares?  it's worth it in my mind.  



 



And for those who don't have the luxury of being able to buy organics, you can also make more things your self...while it wont be 100% organic and preservative free...you cut down that alot by buying fresh ingredients.

Malinda - posted on 02/28/2009

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While I agree, not everyone has access to good organic foods and many organic food stores (especially Whole Foods, which isn't exactly the height of good organic food anyway) price many demographics out of purchasing this kind of food (my organic milk bill alone scares many of my friends away from organics). So while it is better for our children, it is also percieved to be for people "with money" like private schools or brand-name clothing.



So while I agree that the "it was good enough for me it's good enough for my child" in general is a poor and fairly ignorant arguement, I would never say that someone who doesn't feel they can make an effort to go totally organic is a bad parent who just doesn't care about the well being of their child.

Ana - posted on 02/28/2009

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I completely agree with you. I think it is much better to cut down on all food that has anything added to it. My son has aleergy and I have to be very careful what i give to him. I will rather cook myself than have to take him to doctor every time he eats something

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