The attitude of "breastmilk isn't enough" is everywhere! - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 7 Old 04-11-2006, 05:33 PM - Thread Starter
 
Ammaarah's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 2,378
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My MIL in Bangladesh got worried about our 7-month-old, who is breastfed and probably eats an ounce of solids over the course of a whole week. (That's counting carpet lint and kitchen floor mystery dirt.) She says the baby needs cow milk too because breastmilk isn't enough. I knew she intro'd milk to my DH and his sibs early but yikes! I could see it if she were a low-supply mama (and maybe she was, I don't have enough language to discuss it with her) but worrying that I don't have enough milk too...aw dang.

Anyway, I'm sure the latest batch of pictures of our roly-poly girl will ease her mind. And I love my MIL, too, and I'm not griping about her, just kinda bummed.
Ammaarah is offline  
#2 of 7 Old 04-11-2006, 11:43 PM
 
Tapioca's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Burnaby, BC
Posts: 782
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
That is disappointing. Better get those pictures to her quick and set her mind at rest!
Tapioca is offline  
#3 of 7 Old 04-11-2006, 11:43 PM
 
Tapioca's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Burnaby, BC
Posts: 782
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Oh, I meant to add a wink smilie to that post.

:
Tapioca is offline  
#4 of 7 Old 04-12-2006, 09:13 AM
 
Jade2561's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: The Lowcountry
Posts: 1,277
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Isn't that so weird. People in my family were the same way when I had dd. My MIL insisted dd nursed all the time at 2 weeks because my milk wasn't rich enough. C'mon the kiddo gained 8 pounds in 4 months! I also think people assume that if your bfing you're not giving any solids (I'm talking at 18 months old). People are weird. It's a shame so many people doubt the body's ability to nourish babies.
Jade2561 is offline  
#5 of 7 Old 04-12-2006, 11:13 AM
 
gabysmom617's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Where ghetto meets crunchy
Posts: 3,137
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Yes, I've heard of this A LOT.

So many people come and say to me "I wish I could have bf'ed, but my milk was too thin." Or, "He got too greedy."

I think several factors play into it:

1) Doctors look at formula fed babies as a guide to growth standards (at least they do over here in the U.S.) and breastfed babies rate of growth is different from the way that formula babies growth pattern. So therefore a mom with a normal healthy breastfed baby who is not as fat as a formula baby at that same age would be thinks that maybe her milk is not enough, and that her baby needs to gain more weight.

2) Misunderstanding of growth spurts. Mom's don't understand how their bodies work, and think that because baby hit's a stage when the are marathon nursing, that they have suddenly stopped making enough, and feel the need to add supplements.--Not understanding that this is your baby's way of telling your body to make more.

3) Expressed breastmilk looks different from formula and cows milk. It looks thinner and they think that since their milk looks thinner, and their baby is not growing as fast as other (formula fed) babies, and since their babies are suddenly nursing, like ALL the time, then something must be going wrong, so they introduce that first bottle of formula.

So sad.
gabysmom617 is offline  
#6 of 7 Old 04-13-2006, 01:02 AM
 
Baby Makes 4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Posts: 2,497
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I've gotten some comments like this lately too.

"Oh, he hasn't grown much lately maybe it's time to do formula"

And the they always give you that "sisterhood" look and confide that their milk "wasn't enough either" so you shouldn't feel bad.

For the record he has only gained 1/2 a pound in the past 3 months but he's 25 1/2 pounds and almost walking at 9 months. He's not exactly starving!
Baby Makes 4 is offline  
#7 of 7 Old 04-13-2006, 03:03 AM
 
mommabean3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Southern California
Posts: 22
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Oh yeah! We were living in England when I had DS1 and the doctors there told me that there was NO MEDICAL BENEFIT to breastfeeding after 3 months! I was like "Ok, yeah right" and kept nursing him anyway. Sad, but true!
mommabean3 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off