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The article was an interesting read. Though she did make some good points, I didn't like how disinterested and resentful the author came off near her conclusion, not only of breastfeeding in general but of her child. I try not to judge others for their choices, but in the privacy of my own mind I've thought people I've known selfish for choosing FF out of fear of "ruining" their breasts or feeling uncomfortable with the idea of nursing. I have a friend who struggled for months to breastfeed, with the help of lactation consultants, doctors, supplemental nursing systems and donor milk (mostly mine), and I saw how hard that was for her. I didn't judge her for a second when she stopped trying and went to exclusive FF. I think most people who choose to FF probably fall somewhere between the two extremes of eschewing BF out of vanity and struggling to BF before giving up- and while I might have opinions if I'm privy to the details of one's individual story, it's really none of my business. I don't think in the end the difference is crucial.

It's very important to me, personally, however. I'd rather choose not have a baby at all than have a baby I knew I couldn't or wouldn't breastfeed. As a feminist and a partner who shares childcare with my DP, and as a mammal who carries and nurtures a baby through pregnancy and beyond, I choose to breastfeed.
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As someone who got a little bored studying history formula was invented primarily as a way to try and keep parent's from wet nursing their children out to mother's far enough away that they couldn't see the child on a regular basis and to help with foundling's (infants abandoned by poor mothers or infants whose mothers didn't survive childbirth) Formula has no antibodies not varying fat contents and the difference between average expected weight of a formula and breastfed baby shows that they expect higher weights for length for formula fed infant's. 

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