For eight whole months. At that point they were both moving so fast, had too much else to do. They didn’t want to stop long enough to snuggle with mom and nurse. They wanted to run. For the record, both of my children crawled/walked/ran at very young ages, between 8 and 10 months.
To try to get them to stop moving to nurse was, impossible, and though I may have shed more than a few tears at the thoughts of giving up that special baby time, I knew when they were done. I was sad yes, but they were not. They were happy, healthy and quite thrilled to be able to take their milk on the run with them.
The breastfeeding vs formula debate has been going on for as long as I can remember, and quite often I try to steer clear of controversy. But with the more recent debate of advertising on Babble, and the cry to ban formula advertising all together, I feel the need to speak my mind. And so I shall.
What right do you think you have to tell me what I should and shouldn’t see?
Formula advertises their product just like any other. They, and their competitors are fighting for a spot in the market. The market that is there. The market of moms who don’t have the ability to breastfeed, due to production difficulties, mediciation or pain. The mom who has spent the last 4 nights up every hour with their cluster feeding baby and is in tears due to lack of sleep. The mom who just needs a break. The mom who can produce when baby is at breast, but can get but a drop when using a breast pump. Moms who should NOT be shamed or made to feel guilty about their choice to use formula. But mothers are not alone in these decisions. What about dads? The dads who see their wives struggling for months and months over breastfeeding, and when she decides to try formula, he agrees in hopes to see his wife happy once again. The fathers who have lost their wives to illness or accidents. The dads that have no choice but to offer formula to their babies.
Who are you to make them feel ashamed?
Who are you to insinuate that they can’t provide a healthy upbringing for their babies because they use formula?
What gives you that right?
I’ve known many young mothers, and I’ve talked with them all about the benefits of breastfeeding. Both the health benefits and the finanancial ones (money talks). And though some of them did chose to feed their babies formula, all of them at least tried to breastfeed. When it really comes down to it. Trying is all you can do.
Formula is here, it’s here to stay. You do what’s best for your family and the rest of us will do what’s best for ours.
And by the way, I was formula fed…