Originally Posted by boobs4milk
and have any of you really read and scrutinized the ingredients list for formula? it's amazing to me how chosey we are w/things like diapers and circ, but then we allow our children to be fed things like msg and corn syrup as their main food source?
i agree that we need to be angry w/formula manufacturers, but you can not educate mothers by lobbying. i try to let the women that i counsel know that formula is very akin to feeding your baby boxed macaroni and cheese all day, every day. that way, i'm not calling formula a bad name but i'm still representing it for what it is...processed and unnatural.
I agree. But the point is that there are some women *don't* have that choice, and can't afford to be choosy. (My story is in the EP'ers tribe, but, long story short, I have tubular breasts...no matter what I do, I don't make enough milk). Does it suck that we have to feed our children that? Yes. Of course it does. But the alternatives aren't exactly promising. When I looked, breastmilk was averaging about 3 dollar an OUNCE. Holy cow! During Katie's growth spurts that would have meant buying 20+ ounces (in addition to what she got from me). Sixty bucks a day! Even when she wasn't going through a growth spurt, it was easily 10-14ounces a day...I love my daughter to death, but we don't have 900 extra dollars/month lying around (and that's at 10 ounces a day, which would been the MINIMUM). Wet nurses...I don't know anyone currently nursing. So, yeah, it sucks that we have to feed our children that. I guess I could have let her starve. And, yes, I feel a LOT of guilt for it....probably one reason I'm still pumping 14 months out...trying to make up for all the "damage" I did when I had to give her formula.
I know it offends everyone when they see "now with dha - more like mother's milk" on everything, but I do cheer a little...because my daughter got that formula, of necessity, and the closer it is to mine (and the less like boxed mac and cheese), the better. And for those babies whose mothers could care less about bf-ing, even better, since they're not getting any of the good stuff to help negate the formula's effect. I'd love to see the price of breastmilk go down (we probably could have swung it at about half that price - but I know lots of families couldn't do it even at *that* price), I'd love to see better formula. If they can figure out how to do EITHER of those, I'd be thrilled.