hi there, just thought I'd say that this is quite an interesting thread! Then figured I'd put my 2 cents in...
Originally Posted by pumpkinhead
The other issue that sometimes gets missed is that formula can help to save breastfeeding relationships as well as hinder them.
I belong to a breastfeeding support group IRL and if not for formula, several of the ladies would not be breastfeeding their little ones today. They started off with almost non-existant supplies and with the help of LCs used lactAids and formula until they were able to get domperidone and get a good supply going. Without the support and the formula, they would have just switched to a bottle.
That sounds wonderful, and it would be equally as wonderful if that were the typical scenario of formula use in conjunction with breastfeeding. I'd wager that it is not, though.
When I hear one of my playgroup moms telling a new mom to just "have dad give the baby a bottle so you can get some sleep," I cringe a little. I think that sort of a visceral reaction is good in way though. I wish more moms felt the way I did during that conversation, deep down inside that formula is-well, unnatural!