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SB3, I'll see if I can add to this. Breastfeeding advocates are trying to get away from the public idea that breastfeeding is "best," and "special."
It is being stressed that breastfeeding is the norm, and artifical baby milk is abnormal and/or hazardous.
So many mothers feel, "well, breastmilk is 'best,' " but then feel like, "well, I don't have the time/energy/patience for it, formula is what most people do, it's 'good enough.' "
ABM is seen as the norm, breastmilk as a bonus, like an extra fancy high chair, or the best preschool in town.
I can see, tho, this wasn't your question at all! You were asking, is breastmilk always perfect nutrition, no matter the nutritional status of the mother? Yes, and even in cases of a slight lessening of quality if the mother is actually starving, of course, ABM still isn't even in the ball park.
Excess caffeine or nicotine intake can get into the milk and cause lower supply and a restless fussy baby, in some, not all cases. My mom smoked a pack a day, and bfed me as an infant, yet was thrilled with what a great sleeper I was. And I was calm when awake too.
MY sister was restless and fussy, but who knows if it was the nicotine? She also got bronchitis every winter from all the cig smoke in the house, but I didn't! Poor little kid.
Lifesabeach--sorry for your anguish over your relatives. so sad. Just to reassure you a bit, I have quite a few in-laws in similar situations, with several kids each. Many of these kids are growing up to be wonderful! Do the best you can to support them.