Originally Posted by Thompson'sMommy
I am sorry that you had to use formula for your baby and happy that you sill get to breastfeed. I however I don't think that I would have to use formula even if that such thing came up. I firmly believe that there are other ways to "suppliment" without giving formula.
I don't want to get into that, but I will say that I in NO WAY added guilt to mammas who couldn't/ didn't BF. It is a choice to give your child formula and until you mentioned it, I didn't bring it up.
I am sorry if you took my saying that formula was forbidden as a reason that you or anyone else should feel guilty about a decision to feed formula, whatever be the situation. I didn't mean to hurt your feelings but for now, formula is on my no no list.
That being said, when my son was small, I did ALLOW the Dr. to give him formula when he had jaundice. I didn't know any better and now I do so that is where I stand.
When you know better, you are expected to do better.
You didn't hurt my feelings. I simply disagreed with the notion of formula being labelled a forbidden food, as I know from personal experience that some mothers are forced to supplement, and choice has nothing to do with it in some cases.
I don't feel an ounce of guilt over having used formula some with my child. It was the next best thing to breastmilk that was available to us, and far healthier for her as a newborn than cow's milk, etc. So I used it. And yes, I am very thankful I still was able to nurse afterward, but not all mothers are, and this is a very sensitive subject for many
mamas here, I know.
You asked about what foods are no-nos and I was simply saying that in our case and in many others' formula isn't something that could conceivably be termed forbidden. It's certainly, absolutely, not ideal, but to lump it in the same category as HFCS and artificial additives and dyes, and all that nasty stuff -- seems a bit harsh and judgmental -- because it's a sensitive, hot button subject for many women. I know several women who tried desperately to breastfeed but in the end had to rely on formula.