By sunny_ca559 - 03/03/2010 01:03 - United States
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YDI for not brestfeeding
there are so many things that can be passed on through breastfeeding. I was born with a thyroid condition. There is a small chance that the meds I am on for life can be passed through bloodstream and breast milk...so that means no organ donation, no blood donation and no breast feeding. i once had another mother accuse me of being a bad mother for not BFing my child. i asked her if she thought it was more prudent i kept her alive or lived up to the nazi-type indoctrination of you must only breastfeed. idiot actually said if it was only a small risk i should have breastfed. *rolls eyes* anyway, you cant judge people for not doing so, because you dont know their situation. and, as to the proven research etc that breastfed babies are smarter? My child is top of her class, at a top school, in the highest ability class of her grade. they give her harder work, and i have never pushed her in her life. she is also healthier than almost any kid i know. if there is incoherency - apologies...I am SOOO sick right now. reading fmls for laugh....laughter being best medicine and all.
#120 - Selection bias. The reason for not breast feeding probably is the cause for lower intelligence in bottle-fed babies. for example if a woman doesn't breastfeed because she has HIV, she is probably stupid and passed on stupid genes. If she wasn't stupid, she wouldn't have HIV. Also the number 1 reason women don't breastfeed is because they are selfish. Probably also too selfish to help a kid with homework.
#132 brings up a good point. There are definitely a lot of woman that do not breastfeed for selfish reasons, i.e. they want to drink, do drugs, it hurts, they don't want it to mess up their boobs. Those are definitely along the more selfish reasons. I could see how mother's like that could definitely skew the results of IQ in their kids. I really doubt the breastmilk is what makes the child smarter...I think a lot of it has to do with genetics and how they're brought up Breastfeeding is definitely a choice, and it's not the easy one. From what I understand it can be rather painful and uncomfortable at times. Yes, there are some great benefits such as the immunities passed on from the mother to child in the first 6 months, but you can also get those elsewhere. There are plenty of reasons women don't breastfeed that are not selfish. Sometimes, the baby can't latch on. The mom could have an illness easily passed through breastmilk. Sometimes babies that are in the NICU and can't be held are put on formula right away. There are times that the mom has a major complication and isn't available to breastfeed. Oh, sometimes a big one is reflux in babies, and they need to have a soy based formula to help it.
umm Tarynkd? if th OP gave birth to the child and had HIV, even if the baby wasn't breastfed it would have HIV. HIV is also transferred through the blood and vaginal fluids which the baby would definitely come in contact with during the pregnancy and delivery. and for all you people stating that breastfed infants end up smarter, that's not neccesarily true. I was adopted at birth so I've never had breast milk yet I have a clinically proven IQ of 143, which is like semi-genius or something
Not breastfeeding because it hurts is a selfish reason? do you have kids? have you breastfed? Have you ever had a baby not latch on quite right? It hurts!!! I breastfed my first for only two weeks. Having come down with hives because of medicine I was on. 3 days later, I was dry. Second baby I breastfed for three months, then, being a single mom, had to return to work, and was having no luck with four different kinds of pumps. Tell me I'm selfish because I tried everything. My kids are happy and healthy and will love me regardless of whether I breastfed them or not!
Tell him you have a mental block against him touching your vagina, because the last time he did, a nine pound person shot out if it.
I don't even know how to comment on this... I've heard of a milk fetish before but never a phobia of breast milk...