Slate article: Breastfeeding benefits vastly overstated

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2015

breastfeeding is oppressive? I’m on my way to becoming a lactation consultant. I’m in fulltime college, and a mom of 4. I do NOT see, as a mom of 4 who breastfed and ebf, how a biological function is oppressive, Not a troll or looking to start an argument, more a discussion. I hate conflict. We are all adults. so please understand my intention. Also I have zero negativtiy towards those who choose formula feeding as best for their scenario. I understand it is a choice, and at the end we still have happy healthy babies. But there are benefits to BF your baby….

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@classyashley:  Interesting. I sort of hope this article speaks the truth, as it makes me feel a lot better about my own epic failure at breastfeeding. I absolutely was one of those people who was “oppressed” by the belief that breast is best at any cost. And the cost to me was high. It was an unbelievable weight off my back when I finally threw in the towel and switched to formula 100%, but the guilt still lingered. And I hate that. So if this article is correct, then I really don’t need to feel guilty anymore.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@classyashley:  ohhhh ok that i get. and as someone passionate about BF i try to never be negative or oppresive. what is right is what it right for baby and mom. BOTH EQUALLY! my first born i only BF for 8 wks. I just felt frustrated and I wouldn’t want someone to judge me on it. He thrived on formula. But i know how much i enjoyed EBF my last baby, who was a 33 wk preemie, until she was 26 wks old. The bonding was unimaginaeable for ME.

Post # 7
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Busy bee

There are plenty of good mothers who breast feed, and plenty of good mothers who don’t. It’s very personal, so I’d never judge someone for something like that. 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I’ve seen maternity patients freak out when breastfeeding didn’t work for them because someone along the line had drilled that “breast is best” threat into their heads. I was never breastfed. I’m very close to my mom and was sick maybe 3 days out of every year as a child. Bottom line, use whatever feeding technique keeps your baby healthy.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Frankly, I’ve always thought the benefits of breastfeeding are overstated (or have been for the last decade). Public perception has been strongly pro-breast but the actual primary research has been hazy at best. Sure there are benefits of breastfeeding. There are also benefits of bottle feeding. So it comes down to what is best for each family. I hope this article goes to help people not feel bad about formula feeding, when that is right for their family.

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@rachelbrein:  so nice to hear from a lactation consultant be so non-judgemental! Your patients will benefit so much!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

@classyashley:  If I looked around the United States and had to objectively decide if formula feeders or breastfeeders were being oppressed, I’d absolutely say breastfeeders. People don’t look twice when a mom is bottle feeding in public, but if you start to nurse your baby, chances are you’ll at least get a dirty look. Women who bottle feed aren’t subjected to being kicked out of stores against their legal rights, or told they have to stop bottle feeding in order to show up for jury duty.

As far as breast vs. bottle. I would never judge a mother who for some reason couldn’t have a successful breastfeeding relationship and instead turned to formula. I DO, however, feel that there isn’t much comparing a biological formulated substance made JUST for your baby to a powdered substance chemically made in a lab that nowhere closely resembles the makings of the biological kind. Just looking at the ingredients in a can of formula, it’s pretty obvious that it isn’t close to nature. So, if I had to choose I’d choose breastmilk hands down.

If I can’t breastfeed my daughter for some reason, then I will be trying my damndest to get donated milk to her before I opt for formula.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Thanks for posting the article! I have no intentions to breastfeed (not yet PG but we are TTC). Personally it is just not something I want to do and plan to formula feed 100% from day 1. I expect to take a lot of criticism for it so I find articles like this helpful in standing my ground. Neither me nor my brother were breastfed and we are perfectly fine. I think to each their own and noone should tell others what to do in such a personal decision – but we all know that will never happen 😉

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@classyashley:  Wow, the UAE passed a law requiring women to breastfeed their children for two years?!

THAT is oppressive.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@classyashley:  Yeah my hubby and I had that talk awhile back because I wanted him to be on board with my decision. He asked me if I would try to BF, or try to pump, but I really just don’t want to do any of it and in the end he supports my decision. He will be a stay at home dad so I don’t want the baby to get used to one thing and then have to switch it up and hope my DH doesn’t have issues feeding the baby when I go back to work. And I surely don’t want to deal with pumping at work (even though they have this really awesome “new mom” room in my building!)

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