Dec 15, 2012 at 05:23:33
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“Hey, how about less guns? How about universally available healthcare, including mental health provision, and LESS GUNS! Arming teachers isn't the answer, removing guns from the reach of the mentally unstable is. Tighten the gun laws, introduce licensing and bring in the need for guns to be stored in locked cabinets. That would stop a messed up kid grabbing a gun and sooting people on a whim.”
“No-one scorns mothers who can't breastfeed, I don't scorn women who choose not to breastfeed either.
But the truth is still the truth, even if it's uncomfortable to hear. And the truth is that artificial feeding is not the benign life-style choice it was once thought to be. It holds significant health risks, to both mother and baby, short and long term. Breast & formula are *not* equal. It does make a difference. That's not my opinion, it's scientific fact, like it or not.
We need to support all mothers, giving those who want to breastfeed the knowledge and skills to do it, and those who are undecided the information they need to make a fully informed decision, and make sure that those who can't breastfeed have the choice of what to feed their baby; donor breastmilk or artificial milks, for free.
Judgement, scorn and guilt have no place in this issue, neither does aggression. I've not expressed any of those things, just polite, accurate information. Why are you shouting at me??”
“A couple of generations ago we didn't know the difference it made. All Drs, Nurses, Midwives etc fed formula, as it was thought to be the best thing. Now we know it does make a difference to maternal and child health, both short and long term. There's no shame in not being able to breastfeed, but that doesn't mean that those who can, should choose not to.”
nkg0515 on Oct 21, 2012 at 17:20:33
“It is because of posts like this, Jehefinner, that new mothers who HAVE THEIR REASONS not to BF are being scorned! IT DOES NOT MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Both formula fed & breastfed babies are equal! No one is better than the other! GET OVER THAT argument!”
Dogzilla on Oct 19, 2012 at 15:40:12
“I don't personally have a dog in this fight, as I do not have children. However, I am really sick of seeing my friends -- who are all perfectly loving, concerned mommies -- cry and torture themselves with guilt because of the shame and judgment people lay on them when they have trouble or choose not to breastfeed. I hate it. These women should be able to enjoy their babies instead of being miserable because they think they aren't doing things "right." What really should happen is we, people in general, should mind our own f***in business about what other moms choose to do with their babies.”
“Great article, silly Fran is spouting utter nonsense and needs to be told firmly to shut up. Does she not realise that all the cows who's milk is used for formula are also exposed to nasty toxins? Or has she bought into the advertising blurb from formula manufacturers that their product is somehow the super-science answer to all our problems? When in fact it is the cause of many of them.”