Originally Posted by ramama
The first mother's argument doesn't make sense to me. Nursing made her feel lonely and isolated, but pumping doesn't? I think that nursing in a crowded room is going to draw much less attention than pumping, especially if you have a squeaky pump like I had
Yep. And I also do NOT get how pumping takes less time than nursing! She says it's because you can do two breasts at once, instead of starting a nursing session on one and then switching to the other. But . . . I don't have to clean, organize and store my breasts after each feeding, nor do I have to pack them up every time I want to go out of the house for more than 3 hours, and so on.
I was mostly bugged by the focus on breastmilk as a commodity, if that makes sense, and the dismissal of the benefits of feeding at the breast - they're kind of blown off as oh, yeah, the bonding thing, whatever.
Well, bonding IS important, but it's not even just about that! How about jaw development? How about efficient antibody production? How about the risks of overfeeding (even if it's not formula, it's still from a bottle)? An the risk to mom's supply is significant, not to mention the effect on duration of nursing. Gah.
Moms who EP because of their baby's limitations are amazing.
(I had to do it for a few months at the beginning and it was exhausting.) Moms who do it because otherwise they would use formula should be commended, I do believe that. But promoting it as an equal choice when not necessary?