Quoting Danielle: Jack&Basil'sMom:" <blockquote><b>Quoting justanothamotha:</b>" I totally would try it if you told me ... [snip!] ... say it was good for the baby I think it's ignorant to expect every mother to give breastfeeding "a shot" That's all."
you didn't say it was good for the baby. My point is, what I do for me & what I am willing to do for my kids are two different things & I would hope most moms are like that. I can also promise you there is o one single food as an adult you must eat in order to get specific nutrients, there are options. There are no options like breastmilk - it's either breastmilk or it's manufactured food that is completely different. The "issue" with nursing is that formula feeding has risks & denies the baby protection that biologically the baby's body is expecting to receive. So you can't compare what I would eat for my OWN health & what I would do for the health of my kids. We are designed, by nature or God, reliant on the antibodies & such mother's milk offers. We aren't born with mature immune systems, far from it.
I don't expect
every mom will
give breastfeeding a try, but I do think they should
. It is NO different than thinking they should try to offer the best they can in any other
way or category. One of my dearest friends does not BF & has never tried it. It isn't an issue between us & I know she's a good mom. She has made a poor health decision for herself & her kids, but it is what it is. I truly wish she would have at least tried it - she has twice the breast cancer risk now
than what she could have had if she would have nursed, her child has 7x the risk for childhood cancer, I could go on & on listing all the things that are found in higher rates among moms who have never nursed & their offspring. The point is, why should I not
think all moms should give it a shot IF in fact it actually DOES change statistical health outcomes so greatly? EVEN when confounding factors are removed such as age of mother, eduction, socioeconomic factors...the numbers remain significantly different. Where do you draw the line? Should I not think moms shouldn't smoke around kids, or that they should use carseats, etc? If you know one has much higher risk factors than the other, shouldn't you try
the safest one first? If you can't, then you can't & that happens...but if you don't even try, how can you say whether or not you could? And no - this isn't about forcing anyone to do anything. I think you should brush your teeth too but I am not going to come over for random floss checks either. This is simply about the intellectual discussion of what one "should" do....and in this case, I think that trying is at least worth the shot. The worst that can happen is you end up using formula & if that was your plan in the first place, it's not much of a loss that I can see.