9 thoughts on “helping or hindering?

  1. I am probably as stridently pro-breastfeeding as you will find (I have to really work to not sneer at people feeding babies with bottles in public … I mean REALLY work hard), but I also have serious problems with that message. I am all for gentle persuasion and education though …

  2. The problem with campaigns like that is that some women, like myself, who would give their right arm to be able to breastfeed until a year and beyond, who believe wholeheartedly that that’s the best thing for baby, end up having to put the baby on formula because we just don’t produce the milk. I made it to 4 months, still supplementing all the way. I have enough guilt that my body just would not cooperate. I don’t need people sneering at me in public (sorry, LissaKay) to make me feel even worse.

  3. I think most of us know that breast milk is best for babies. There are so many reasons why someone might be unable to breastfeed their child. How will that kind of warning label benefit adopted babies? Or babies whose mothers can’t provide enough milk for them? It won’t, of course.

  4. One of the many problems with breastfeeding is a lack of support for women who are struggling and doctors who should know better, but are so quick to discourage women. So, should there be a campaign for insurance covered lactation consultations? A campaign for doctors? I have always felt that the problem was primarily not with mothers, but with the rest of society.

  5. I’m what people refer to lovingly as a breastfeeding nazi. (I’m also a carseat nazi.) But I realize it doesn’t work for ALL people and it doesn’t make you a loser or that you’re purposely trying to harm your child. Heck, I nursed Em for two years and she still has severe asthma. So it’s NOT a cure all for all those diseases. But it is healthier than formula.

    Still – that campaign tone bothers me greatly. Feh.

  6. @Suess … sorry you are so offended by my honesty about the way I feel. But that is exactly why I do not let my feelings be known, because there is that rare exception. Maybe I will get over it someday, and not worry about offending the overly-sensitive, and just speak my piece …

    However, I do wish I could have a nickel for every time a doctor tells a new mother that her milk “isn’t rich enough” instead of taking the time and making the effort to assist the mother in breastfeeding. It’s easier to recommend a formula brand and be done with it. Most breastfeeding “failures” are largely due to lack of support. Not that many women have defective breasts, certainly not in the numbers that claim they just couldn’t produce enough milk. I call BS on 99% of those.

  7. Personally, I support Tom Harkin’s warning label. Maybe we need to broadcast the message a little louder and make it a “government” message instead of an “earthy” message for more people to catch on.

  8. I agree with LissaKay in that I’m sure that most women who have been told that they are just not producing enough milk probably only need some help and it would work out fine. Unfortunatly there are women who can’t breastfeed, my friend had massive infections in both breasts, which caused the breakdown of tissue. She had to stop after only 3 weeks. I couldn’t breastfeed my adopted son, I know it’s possible but I didn’t have the knowledge or resourses to do so. Neither of us harmed our children by using formula.

    We need to support those who choose to breastfeed without damning those who don’t. I breastfed my older sons (The oldest just turned 27) in a time when it wasn’t all that common. We made it work for us, because I REALLY wanted to do this for my children and because I had support from family and friends. We’ve made great strides, more babies are breastfed every year.

    The “warning label” won’t help more women breastfeed. It won’t give those who are undecided make a decision. It won’t force stores and restaunts to help breastfeeding women. It will only make those who can’t or won’t breastfeed feel defensive.

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