@gpsp2B: I apologize if you find my point of view so insulting to you. I have friends who formula feed for various reasons and I would never look down on them for their choice, in fact one of them is my closest friend and I fully support why she’s using formula to supplement her breastmilk.
I am concerned with breastfeeding rates because I fully believe that breastmilk IS best for a baby and if women can accomplish breastfeeding, they should. Obviously there are exceptions to this for various reasons, but one of the main reasons the rates are so poor here is lack of knowledge, lack of support from doctors, workplace and publicly, and having pro formula all over the country. It should be a concern that our breastfeeding rates are so bad. Women should have every opportunity to make it work, have the proper support to make it work and we don’t.
For ME, I believe that keeping bottles and formula out of my house will help me to be successful at breastfeeding even when I’m tired, or my nipples are cracked or something else, where if I had the access to an alternative, I might give up on what I believe in in a moment of weakness. I don’t see how this is me calling formula feeding mothers weak. This is how I feel about MY breastfeeding journey, not yours. If you hated breastfeeding, or couldn’t stand the sore nips, or something else, great for you. I don’t want to have the chance to give up on it right before it might work out. That’s all.
As far as the breastfeeding is hard, I’m not oblivious. I have very close friends who have recently given birth and I’ve been right there watching on while they struggle with it. I have done an immense amount of research, read tons of group chats about it. Sure, I’ve never ACTUALLY done it, but I’m not deluded into thinking it’ll be easy peasy and baby will know how to do it right away and I won’t get sore at all..
I don’t eat soy and I prefer to avoid dairy, so if that were the case, I’d not really feel like I was missing out on much. Again, that’s for ME. If you love your cheese and you don’t want to give it up because baby is sensitive to it, go for it. Do what is best for you.
I am really tired of formula moms getting their panties in a knot because pro breastfeeding moms talk about the benefits of breastfeeding, or trying to make it work out, or that there are dangers associated with formula. We aren’t attacking you as a formula feeding mother, we are trying to spread awareness so that someone who may not KNOW these things could become more aware and maybe choose to give breastfeeding a go.