Originally Posted by annettemarie
Heck, why advocate at all then. Breastfeeding vs formula feeding is more than just a simple matter of choice. It is a health concern, and one that is doubly important because an innocent baby will be effected for the rest of her life. is not like choosing what brand of car seat to buy, or whether to use cloth or disposable diapers. It is more along the lines of telling women that drinking when they are pregnant, or smoking around the baby have serious health risks.
You were lucky that you didn't use it. Statistically, because it's there, many women do end up using the "free" samples of formula.
Some things are a matter of conscience. Life is not about getting as much free crap as you can, just because you can. Sometimes, we need to take a stand.
Well, I myself don't like being preached to about doing anything, particularly as it pertains to my body. If I had people coming up to me with a militant stance about breastfeeding, I would respond negatively to that. As a mom, I WANT to have more choices and options, not less. I'll do the research, and decide for myself if I want to breastfeed or FF.
I'm not going to do any searches for statistics. As for your statistics on the samples, I just have to think there's a lot more going on than what's accounted for there. Such as, accounting for what resources new moms have. Can they take some time off work, enough for a good BF relationship to be developed. Do they have the income to be able to take time off work and still pay for decent food, diapers, and other essentials. Do they have support from a partner or family for household managment. Do they have healthcare resources for mom and baby. All of this is CRITICAL to BF success, not simply whether women have formula in the house already.
Fighting for equitable healthcare and workers' rights is the area I choose to direct my activist energies, not in throwing food away. My conscience tells me it's wrong to waste food that other people can use.