Thursday, March 16, 2006

Breast Milk vs. Formula

I have to rant for a second here because I'm so tired of reading about how it's a mortal sin to choose formula over breastfeeding.

I breastfeed and have done so exclusively since J was born, however that's a choice I made. What's so wrong if someone choses to formula feed?

Go ahead tell me it keeps the child healthier, creates a stonger bond and makes them smarter. I've come to the conclusion that this is a bunch of bull. Like I said, I breastfeed. J is only 3 months old and has already been sick, ending in a hospital stay. Where were those magical antibodies everyone talks about? We are bonded, but it has nothing to do with the fact I breastfeed. He actually gazes into my eyes more when I give him a pumped bottle then when he's at the breast. My brother was exclusively formula fed and couldn't be any smarter. He got a full scholarship to UC Boulder and is studying Engineering. He has his pilots licence and wanted to go into the air force, but once he got the scholship he put that aside. My other brother was breastfed until he was almost 3 and isn't nearly as intelligent.

So why do I breastfeed? I don't really know, it's just the choice I made. Is it easier? Not really except for in the middle of the night otherwise it would be much easier to drop a scoop of formula into a bottle and go, especially when we're out and about. Maybe I shoudln't care what other people think, but I'm modest so I won't just pop it out anywhere. And it would be so much easier to be doing formula when I have to go back to work.

I choose to breastfeed, because I wanted to. Not because someone shoved it down my throat! To each his own.


Jodi said...

Me too!! I hate that billboard "Babies were born to be breastfed" it just makes my blood boil! I tried to breastfeed my son when he was born, but he turned out to be allergic to milk. He's six now, and he never gets sick and is at the top of his first grade class. I couldn't breastfeed my daughter because I was on Prozac, but she is at computer wiz at four years old! She does have asthma, but i think it's because she was 4 weeks premature. an her apgar score was 5 when she was born. she was finally a 7 after 10 minutes. Anyway, I say: do what you need to do to stay sain!

Preach it sister friend!

susan said...

I have been trying to breast feed for six weeks! while my daughter took the breast when before my milk came in she suddenly refused to when it finally did and i have been struggling ever since to get her back on the breast. Now at 9 weeks i have finally given up and while i am pumping i am going to slowly switch over to formula so i can relax and have more time to enjoy her. If your child has issues with latching please see a consultant but remember..breast feeding is not the end all and be all of mother hood!