Regarding the issue of tap water, it really has nothing to do with a "bad" mom, and everything to do with government policy 30+ years ago allowing companies to dump chemicals from their plants wherever suited them. In the state that I live there have been recent stories reported of chemicals that were dumped 30+ years ago have leeched into the water and are in peoples tap water. Unfortunately, because we were really behind on the kind of policy that would keep our drinking water safe, we now have to deal with safety issues of tap water.
And please don't discount the issue of lead, especially if your house was built before the 70's and/or you have old plumbing. There are many children who deal with the effects of lead toxicity everyday so please don't dismiss it with a good mom/bad mom guilt trip. Again, it has nothing to do with moms and everything to do with the fact that the U.S. was 50 years behind the world on actually doing something about lead and we are still paying the price.
Originally Posted by OldFashionedGirl
I've always wondered what the "baby water" was for in the store; I guess now I know: the "good" moms use that to make up formula. (Well, clearly that's a mis-statement. The "good" moms are bfing. The bad moms are FFing. And the terrible moms are using tap water to make the formula.)
The baby water you are referring to is flouridated water and there are both moms who agree with using flouridated water and those who disagree and it again really has nothing to do with good moms/bad moms.
And reason so many people have issues with breastfeeding
and end up formula feeding after trying or even from the get go are because women have:
*inadequate education from the very beginning
*doctors and health practictioners are often misinformed or uneducated about the process of breastfeeding and the importance/difference between formula feeding and breastfeeding
*new moms have a huge lack of support from the hospital staff, to the ob's, familyetc.
*formula companies spend a tremendous amount of money influencing the public through media, giving kickbacks doctors and nurses, and marketing
because some moms are good moms or bad moms. It really has nothing to do with the women involved and everything to do with an industry that makes millions selling infant formula for babies and how they operate, both past and present.