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So now it's a talent to make a bottle of formula?
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I'm sure my four year old can, too. Where did you get that?
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I was posting on the ivillage boards to the playgroups and expecting clubs, and a woman responded with that blinkie in her siggy.

ETA: I was posting about the nurse-in
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Sounds like somebody has boobie-envy.

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oh, ick.

i made formula with my first. i'm more proud of making milk for my second!

i mean, really, what's so magnificently miraculous about measuring and pouring?

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When her body starts making that in response to the birth of a child and putting it forth at exactly the moment that her child is hungry, she can get back to me.
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It IS very hard to make Formula, though. I mean, formula is easy but Formula takes a special skill.

I don't get it, either? Maybe she just thought it was funny!

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She feels inadequate and guilty and that women who 'choose' to lactate make those who choose to FF look inferior.

It's not my fault she chose the way she did. Or that she has guilt. Guilt is your conscience telling you something is wrong.
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I think it's a backlash (caused by feelings of guilt over her choice) at the mamas who have breastfeeding blinkies in their siggys.

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Well it DOES take talent to make formula dontcha know.

Talent to wake up in the middle of the night, not to trip over the various things strewn about the home on your way to the kitchen while balancing a screaming hungry baby on your hip.

Talent to accurately measure with eyes half shut with sleep both the formula and the water.

My goodness. It's serious talent to do all that while half asleep and not kill yourself! Especially if you have a 2 storey and the bedrooms are upstairs and the kitchen is downstairs!
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I've seen similar blinkies like "Happy, Healthy, 100% Formula-Fed Baby" or "Proud Bottle-Feeding Mom." I even saw one that almost made me cry - it had a picture of a little boy and said "My mom fed me formula, cut off half my penis, and let me cry myself to sleep, but I love her anyway!" This was a REAL signature! This woman was PROUD of all these choices!

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Sounds like somebody has boobie-envy.
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It's just a response to the 'I make breastmilk - what's your superpower?" stuff you see around.
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She feels inadequate and guilty and that women who 'choose' to lactate make those who choose to FF look inferior.
Or she feels inadequate and guilty because those who are able to breastfeed are bragging about it while she wanted desperately to breastfeed and couldn't.

I had that reaction too, while I was supplementing with formula and feeling like a failure because I couldn't manage to breastfeed exclusively. I'd see those sigs on posts from women who had NO clue what I was going through, and it felt like a personal attack, like "I'm a better mom than you because I'm breastfeeding."

I'm all for breastfeeding, but I don't get these bragging-style sigs and T-shirts. It seems like all they're for is to make other people feel bad, and that's not going to accomplish anything. It's certainly not going to make them more inclined to breastfeed.
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Personally, I think it takes ignorance to make formula and then boast about it. Maybe Target will sell this on a T-shirt?:

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As far as I'm concerned, if you're making all the breastmilk you can and you're also supplementing with donor milk and/or formula in an SNS, you have just as much right to the "I make breastmilk, what's your superpower" as any other nursing mom!

It says "I make breastmilk" not "I make enough breastmilk so I don't have to supplement."

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i mean, really, what's so magnificently miraculous about measuring and pouring?
Go read some mainstream FF boards and you'll see. Over half of them seem to be drooling idiots who can't grasp the idea that you have to measure. Seriously. I'm not knocking FFrs in general (I FF the twins and supplemented DD before going to FF full time) but some of these people are stupid.
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For some reason, on FF boards, 80% of the posts are titled "What formula do you use?" 10% are "Should I change formula?" or "How to change formulas?" and 10% are rants about mean pushy self-righteous breastfeeders.

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As far as I'm concerned, if you're making all the breastmilk you can and you're also supplementing with donor milk and/or formula in an SNS, you have just as much right to the "I make breastmilk, what's your superpower" as any other nursing mom!

It says "I make breastmilk" not "I make enough breastmilk so I don't have to supplement."
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I've seen similar blinkies like "Happy, Healthy, 100% Formula-Fed Baby" or "Proud Bottle-Feeding Mom." I even saw one that almost made me cry - it had a picture of a little boy and said "My mom fed me formula, cut off half my penis, and let me cry myself to sleep, but I love her anyway!" This was a REAL signature! This woman was PROUD of all these choices!
Damn.
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I've seen similar blinkies like "Happy, Healthy, 100% Formula-Fed Baby" or "Proud Bottle-Feeding Mom." I even saw one that almost made me cry - it had a picture of a little boy and said "My mom fed me formula, cut off half my penis, and let me cry myself to sleep, but I love her anyway!" This was a REAL signature! This woman was PROUD of all these choices!
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When her body starts making that in response to the birth of a child and putting it forth at exactly the moment that her child is hungry, she can get back to me.
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I was going to say something to that effect...
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I understand why it says what it says, but it's annoying nonetheless.
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As far as I'm concerned, if you're making all the breastmilk you can and you're also supplementing with donor milk and/or formula in an SNS, you have just as much right to the "I make breastmilk, what's your superpower" as any other nursing mom!

It says "I make breastmilk" not "I make enough breastmilk so I don't have to supplement."
Sure, and what about when my supply finally dried up at 9 months because he preferred the bottle to me and I couldn't pump enough to keep it going?

I hate seeing those "superpower" sigs. All they do is make me feel bad. I wish someone would make one that said "I'm a mom, what's your superpower?" Because THAT is the important thing as far as I'm concerned. And every time I see one of those "superpower" sigs, I'm thinking, "I get up two or three times a night to snuggle and bottle-nurse my baby, I hug him, kiss him, play with him, teach him games, sing songs to him, and love him more than anything else in the world - but none of that matters if I'm not breastfeeding?"
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I understand why it says what it says, but it's annoying nonetheless.
That's exactly how I feel about the original sig.
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I've seen similar blinkies like "Happy, Healthy, 100% Formula-Fed Baby" or "Proud Bottle-Feeding Mom." I even saw one that almost made me cry - it had a picture of a little boy and said "My mom fed me formula, cut off half my penis, and let me cry myself to sleep, but I love her anyway!" This was a REAL signature! This woman was PROUD of all these choices!
Well, that just makes me want to find this lady and throw up on her.
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Sounds like somebody has boobie-envy.
Sounds about right!
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For some reason, on FF boards, 80% of the posts are titled "What formula do you use?" 10% are "Should I change formula?" or "How to change formulas?" and 10% are rants about mean pushy self-righteous breastfeeders.
Don't forget all the coupon trading.
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Sure, and what about when my supply finally dried up at 9 months because he preferred the bottle to me and I couldn't pump enough to keep it going?

I hate seeing those "superpower" sigs. All they do is make me feel bad. I wish someone would make one that said "I'm a mom, what's your superpower?" Because THAT is the important thing as far as I'm concerned. And every time I see one of those "superpower" sigs, I'm thinking, "I get up two or three times a night to snuggle and bottle-nurse my baby, I hug him, kiss him, play with him, teach him games, sing songs to him, and love him more than anything else in the world - but none of that matters if I'm not breastfeeding?"
I'm sorry. THis is the LACTIVISM board, not the "make everyone feel good about their choices" board. If you can't handle the formula bashing, maybe you shouldn't visit the lactivism board.
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Woo-HOO!! That woman figured out the magical ratio of ONE scoop to every TWO ounces, I guess! Wow, I'm so amazed.

I'm proud that I'm breastfeeding, and am part of the minority who believes in my body. I think that producing milk is an amazing gift as a woman. I understand that there are a few who can't, but that doesn't make it any less magical to me. I think that my ability to grow a perfect, healthy baby is magical and call it a superpower. Not meant to be a blow to anyone who is unable, or to make them feel guilty on purpose. I know women who can't carry a child, and while sometimes being around pregnant women makes them feel bad, they still recognize how special a gift it is.
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