For all mothers

This is for the moms who use artificial baby milk instead of breastmilk to feed their babies and for some reason take offense to my bulletins, blogs, etc. Sometimes the truth hurts. But I am NOT trying to pick a fight, I am trying to educate women about the health and welfare of their babies!!!

I am surprised that people have chosen to take such offense about an obvious truth, breast IS BEST. I never once made any type of claim to be better than anyone because I breastfeed. All mothers do what they think is best and that is the best we can do. No one is perfect, I’ll be the first to admit that I am not 🙂 If reading the facts about breastfeeding is that upsetting for you then you should probably shield yourself from the truth to prevent further upset. You also should probably stop reading my blog, bulletins, etc. because I am a breastfeeding counselor and advocate. You can simply remove me from your friends list, blog roll, or whatever so you won’t even be tempted.

I never said that breastfeeding was the only acceptable way to feed a baby. For me, yes, it is the only acceptable way, but I want to do what is healthiest and natural for my child. If other mothers choose to use artificial baby milk then sobeit. To each his own. I simply state facts. I am not on any type of “high horse.” I think that the lack of breastfeeding education and support in our country is what has led to such a decline in breastfeeding initiation rates so I make every attempt to put out the good word about breastfeeding everywhere I can! I have a lot of childless friends and MANY have replied to me with thanks for all the articles and information I put out there. I am sorry that you don’t feel this information is of any benefit to you. But I see this as no reason to attack me.

In addition to this – I don’t make anyone feel anything. We are all adults here and chose how we respond to certain situations. If someone feels bad, they choose to feel bad. I think it’s great that you think I have some kind of magical power to control how other people feel, but unfortunately I don’t. If I did, I would make sure everyone cared enough to do the research about all the health risks involved with formula feeding. It’s a fact, there are in fact very many things wrong with infant formula in comparison to breastmilk. In fact, the World Health Organization recommends that babies receive artificial baby milk as the FOURTH option for food.
#1.Breastmilk via the mothers breast
#2.Expressed bm in a bottle from the mother
#3.Banked bm from a donor
#4.Artificial baby milk.

This not something that I made up to create controversy on the subject. Breastfeeding is the healthiest and best choice for babies. There are no questions about it. Will a child survive on artificial milk? Certainly! But are there risks involved? Absolutely! And is it 100% safe? Absolutely NOT! Do a little research before you state your opinions as fact.

Me stating facts about the benefits of breastfeeding and the risks associated with formula feeding have NOTHING to to with postpartum depression. And as far as postpartum depression goes, guess what? You’re gonna LOVE this! Breastfeeding helps with that too!
See article here

The full study on it is found here.

In the future, try to refrain from lashing out at someone who is simply stating facts on a subject that upsets you. I seriously have done nothing wrong here. I am only trying to help educate and promote breastfeeding.

Love, peace and breastfeeding,
T

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About Mamamojo

My name is T. I am a homeschooling, home/water birthing, dreadlocked, special needs mama to four beautiful daughters. I'm married to my best friend. I am a natural childbirth and breastfeeding advocate. I have done some volunteer work as a peer counselor with WIC and as a doula with Birthwell Partners and plan to be a midwifery assistant one day. My blog was created to put some alternative information out there about breastfeeding, childbirth & other issues regarding motherhood and life in general. I hope that you enjoy reading here and visit me often. Thanks for reading!
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12 Responses to For all mothers

  1. Sarah says:

    So YOU are the voice that lives inside of my head! 🙂

    Thanks for your clarity.

    I especially liked your point about making someone feel bad. Your perspective has always been my own…no one can make anyone feel anything. But unfortunately we are taught at an early age to blame someone else for our feelings instead of trying to manage our reactions…

  2. innergoddess says:

    This seems to be a recurring theme in my life lately…I had a blow-out with a mom on another forum about the 101 Reasons to Breastfeed list…she felt it was knocking formula feeding mothers.
    I’m not sure why we, as mothers, feel the need to start trashing each other to justify our own choices.
    And for the record, I firmly believe that if women have all the information and the support, they would never choose* formula.

    *and by “choose” I am referring to those who can but don’t. Not those who cannot. You’d think that would be obvious, but (sigh) it’s usually not.

  3. Clare says:

    Urgh! I hate it when I get flamed for telling the truth. I hate being told I’m making someone feel guilty. It’s such a blatant case of shooting the messenger.

  4. good for you for standing up for what you believe in. 🙂

    i recently read this quote on another blog and feel it’s quite fitting here as well…

    “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

    amy

  5. You should always stand up for what you belive, i 100% agree with you in everything you have said. Breastfeeding is major part of my life (breastfeeding my 28 and 10 month old) and i don’t get why anyone would want to miss you on that

  6. becca says:

    Hi! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog! I have a 15 month old and feel judged a lot by people because I’m still nursing him (day and night), he does eat three square meals of adult food a day too. He actually cries and throws a fit everytime I put him in his high chair b/c he’d rather be nursing. I’ve heard other babies “wean themselves”, my son loves it so much I think he’d nurse till he’s five if I let him! I’m in no hurry to wean, just wanted your thoughts on how long is ideal. Thanks!

  7. Sarah says:

    Bravo! No one should feel offended but even if they do, too bad. I get offended by a lot of things but hey…that’s life.

  8. blackberrie says:

    You just can’t please some people. There are those that think the world is out to get them and you can’t convince them otherwise. I have accepted the fact that some people don’t care for my opinion, but there is nothing I can do about it. Thanks for being a voice of reason!

  9. Just found your blog, and I’m so glad I did….. I too get villified for passing on the gospel of breastfeeding. I just blogged about almost the same thing you did.

    With all the evidence in the world that Breast is Best – why are some women living in such denial?

  10. geishaindisguise says:

    I do agree with you and understand where you are coming from. I think there are a lot of women who simply don’t know. At 6 months I switched my daughter to formula because she was loosing weight. At that time I didn’t know about banked breastmilk. I didn’t want to ask questions because I felt like it was something that should come naturally and I should just know these things. I was scared. I want to urge other mother’s out there to not be afraid to ask for help. It’s okay to not know everything. And there are many very knowledgable people out there just waiting to help you with what they know.

  11. carrie319 says:

    I think you need to do more research on formula there are several brands that are just as good as breast milk. I gave my daughter formula and she is 3 and she has never had a cold or ear infection. I am tired of hearing how breast fed babies don’t get sick as much as formula fed babies, my sister and my friend breast fed their children and they all had tubes in their ears and are sick with colds constantly..My daughter was premature as well and they started her on a high calorie formula to gain weight.

  12. Tara says:

    Formula’s greatest achievement may be that, although it still doesn’t really compare to human milk, it has become a reasonably safe substitute that has improved over the years. Perhaps that is all it ever can be.

    I can imagine how tired you must be of hearing that breastmilk is better than formula. There are a lot of truths that people just don’t want to hear.

    If your daughter is 3 years old and has NEVER had a cold, I would be very concerned for her immune system. Even the AAP agrees that a few colds the first couple years help develop the immune system. Do you live in a bubble or something? – oh wait – lemme guess, her immune system is nice and strong because she’s vaccinated, right? ROFL

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