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Old Oct 8th, 2011, 17:25 PM   11
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An extremely good article vintage. I didn't realise my thyroid issues could have been a cause.



 
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Old Oct 8th, 2011, 17:32 PM   12
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The original article posted was extremely hurtful to those of us who exhausted all resources trying to breastfeed.

Not saying the OP wanted to hurt anyone's feelings, but I get really tired of hearing that 99% thing. Maybe it's meant to be cheerleading, but I think it can cause hurt as well.



 
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Old Oct 8th, 2011, 18:15 PM   13
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The original article posted was extremely hurtful to those of us who exhausted all resources trying to breastfeed.

Not saying the OP wanted to hurt anyone's feelings, but I get really tired of hearing that 99% thing. Maybe it's meant to be cheerleading, but I think it can cause hurt as well.
Sorry you felt hurt by the article hun.. I'm not sure but it seemed like the OP was posting to help those who haven't decided to breastfeed yet make that decision. I do think this article was probably a little biased, and I would like to see some of the sources within the article.

All considered thank you for the one you posted as well.



 
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Old Oct 8th, 2011, 18:27 PM   14
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The article goes so far as to make formula seem dangerous. How is that supposed to make people feel who have to use it for medical reasons/adoption, or any number of reasons?

I think a positive side of something can be presented without more or less saying your child will be a sickly mess if you don't do it.



 
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Old Oct 8th, 2011, 18:34 PM   15
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Old Oct 8th, 2011, 18:39 PM   16
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At the beginning of the original post I did state that it was "very pro breastfeeding". It isnt intended to be hurtful.

Here's the link to the article......http://bellybelly.com.au/pregnancy/baby-formula

We seem to have very different views in Australia. I've met friends on BnB who say their doctor or midwife recommended that they switch to formula, or to top up with formula. Over here there is far more support to help mothers start and continue breastfeeding. Midwives continue to visit mothers at home after they have left the hospital for at least 4 visits, more if needed. I've never seen an advertisement for formula for newborns, only "toddler milk." Even on the ads for toddler milk, they begin with "Breastmilk is best for babies, but if you've decided to move on from breastfeeding......" and the children in the ads are two year olds. Even when I had my daughter 13 years ago, the midwives in the hospital werent allowed to discuss bottle feeding with you.

I think the reason many women dont stick with breastfeeding is because of the lack of support. Its certainly not an easy job, especially for the first couple of months.



 
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Old Oct 9th, 2011, 02:16 AM   17
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At the beginning of the original post I did state that it was "very pro breastfeeding". It isnt intended to be hurtful.

Here's the link to the article......http://bellybelly.com.au/pregnancy/baby-formula

We seem to have very different views in Australia. I've met friends on BnB who say their doctor or midwife recommended that they switch to formula, or to top up with formula. Over here there is far more support to help mothers start and continue breastfeeding. Midwives continue to visit mothers at home after they have left the hospital for at least 4 visits, more if needed. I've never seen an advertisement for formula for newborns, only "toddler milk." Even on the ads for toddler milk, they begin with "Breastmilk is best for babies, but if you've decided to move on from breastfeeding......" and the children in the ads are two year olds. Even when I had my daughter 13 years ago, the midwives in the hospital werent allowed to discuss bottle feeding with you.

I think the reason many women dont stick with breastfeeding is because of the lack of support. Its certainly not an easy job, especially for the first couple of months.
I'll agree with this, I have planned on BFing from the start and personally I do not trust formula, but only because of my friends experiences and my own with it. I think it really is personal choice, but here they do try and make BFing the choice.



 
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Old Oct 9th, 2011, 02:39 AM   18
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Formula caused so many issues when I tried it, from bleeding bowels to colic, to constant vomiting.. in fact when I had my first baby I was 18 my partner said I wasn't allowed to breastfeed, but my son got so ill at 7 days old I had no choice as he was so ill from it, he vomited every feed & lost weight, and they wanted us back in the hospital, so I popped him on the breast and had no more issues.

My last baby a girl was breastfed for 8 months and I wanted to give her a little formula so dad could feed her.. she got so ill with bleeding bowels . I couldn't pump enough to meet her demands on top.. so just wanted a break now and then as I had depression.

So I have breastfed 7 children and I'm pretty sure I will again. It just gets hard sometimes being the only one able to feed the baby

For me it always seems strange to feed our babies something designed for a calf!



 
Old Oct 9th, 2011, 04:56 AM   19
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For me it always seems strange to feed our babies something designed for a calf!
I remember the first time one of my friends said this. I had never thought about it before. She pointed out how no one thought it was strange to add milk from a cow or goat to your tea or coffee, but the idea of adding 'human' milk repulsed so many people.


I think we only gave my little boy formula once, because we had one of those samples. He ended up with terrible constipation and tummy pains.
We never tried it again. I continued to breastfeed him for 18 months and then switched to cows milk in a cup. He has a bottle at bedtime though.



 
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Old Oct 9th, 2011, 06:19 AM   20
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From talking to people and hearing their experiences my perception is that it's the lack of support that 'forces' mums to think they can't breastfeed-how many mums who have colicky babies change their diet to try and see if that helps rather than just accepting they can't do it? I think we are fooled by the contrast of formula beig so easy and convenient-truth is I could think of nothing worse than faffing with bottles and temperatures!

Yes, there are situations where formula is necessary-when mums on meds or baby has a physical problem etc and great, there's something that will keep those babies alive-but it is a bit like comparing anything natural with an artificial alternative surely?

Always going to be a debate-like everything to do with parenting! I think if you are happ with your choices then there's no need to defend them.



 
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