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Someone posed this question to me the other day. We were discussing how science had advanced so many things ... well one thing led to another and this was the scenario that I was presented…<br><br>
Just for sake of argument, let’s say science developed a better baby formula, so good in fact, it will convey all the benefit of breast milk and then some. In fact, it would be proven that babies who drink this formula are in fact healthier and smarter; thus, depriving your child of said formula would seem almost “bad”.<br><br>
Would you still breastfeed or would you choose the formula? Would you still believe in extended breastfeeding?<br><br>
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I would still breastfeed. I don't think people can pull of a better food for babies than God already has.
 

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I wouldn't believe the hype, and would absolutely still breastfeed. Even if formula was "best" for babies, it still wouldn't have health benefits for me and would still suck for the environment.
 

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Didn't that happen back in the 1930's?<br><br>
I'd have to assume the studies were screwed up until I saw the porcine quadrapeds with avian abilities.
 

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And it would suck for my wallet too!
 

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no! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Someone posed this question to me the other day. We were discussing how science had advanced so many things ... well one thing led to another and this was the scenario that I was presented…<br><br>
Just for sake of argument, let’s say science developed a better baby formula, so good in fact, it will convey all the benefit of breast milk and then some. In fact, it would be proven that babies who drink this formula are in fact healthier and smarter; thus, depriving your child of said formula would seem almost “bad”.<br><br>
Would you still breastfeed or would you choose the formula? Would you still believe in extended breastfeeding?<br><br>
Maggie</div>
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There's a difference between "science has declared it to be better" and "it actually is better" (which will never happen). Gotta trust God and/or Mother Nature over what human beings can create in a lab.
 

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Yes I would continue to BF. The funny thing about science is that what sounds great one minute gets shown to have detrimental side effects the next. This pattern has shown itself quite consistently. So I wouldn't believe the hype. Mother Earth has perfected baby food and no way man will ever be able to outdo her.
 

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That's kind of an odd question in that I'm not sure I understand what you are getting at really with this. Is the point that we would have to believe formula was superior but that fact could possibly in question, or is the question is there something about breastfeeding that makes us want to do it beyond the benefits of the milk? I assume that if breastmilk wasn't better and it was an undisputable fact, I wouldn't do it, but it's hard to say. I think breastfeeding is easier in a number of ways and it has benefits for the mother. I had to bottlefeed a lot of babies when I was growing up, and I hated it, and that played into my decision to breastfeed. If breastfeeding was dangerous and potentially toxic to the baby, then I would find another option.
 

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An exceedingly boring old ditto to the other posters. I would continue breastfeeding because as well as being the optimal food for babies, and of course constantly adapting to the needs of our children (which I can never imagine formula doing, no matter how advanced it becomes), breastfeeding really is more than the nutrition. It is the bonding, cuddling and comforting that just doesn't seem to be replicated the same way with bottlefeeding.<br><br>
One thing my friends who have given up breastfeeding all say - "when baby is crying, I miss breastfeeding as I used to be able to pop them on and they would instantly settle and stop crying".
 

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Sure I would. (Though I don't have babies anymore...)<br><br>
Like, AM, I wouldn't believe the hype that a formula was better than what nature has managed to have babies thrive on for eternity. Also, nursing provided an emotional/physical bond, and it was pretty darn convienent.
 

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I believe this did happen in the 30's or around there (as noted by PP). And yes, I would still BF.
 

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I can't get into the mindset you are requesting that I get into. Because this premise is based on something that Will Not Happen. Ever.
 

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I don't breastfeed for the nutrition....(it's a bonus) I BF because it's easier to feed the baby with my boobs than a bottle. Even the benefits to me are just a bonus, I BF till 6 months with my first, and swore I'd never FF again.....Its too much work....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Yep. There's no way that bottle feeding will ever be better than breastfeeding for most healthy babies and mothers. Any 'science' that told me different would be flawed.
 

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Ok, so we have this alternate reality where there's a formula that's equal to or better than breastmilk, right? In that case, I'd probably still bf because it's easier, but wouldn't bother pumping if I wanted to give the babe an occasional bottle so I could sleep in, or go out to dinner without kids or have a few drinks or whatever. I'd just whip up some mythical "better than breastmilk!" formula for those occasions.
 

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I wouldn't trust the science on that and so yes I'd still breastfeed.
 

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I don't think science will ever develop a formula that is 'better' than breastmilk. However, I do think it's possible that, unless we solve our environmental problems, someday our environment might be so polluted that the breastmilk women produce could become highly contaminated with unpleasant things, and perhaps formula might become a better choice, not because it is better, but because we'll have managed to make breastmilk worse.<br><br>
I hope that never happens, but I can see it as a possibility.
 
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