I recently read an article by Fitness Reloaded titled “8 Reasons Why Breastfeeding is Overhyped.” This article makes mothers who have struggled and failed to breastfeed feel better about their struggle. It also brings up an important issue that mothers who failed to breastfeed often feel guilty, can enter into depression, and ashamed of their inability to breastfeed. In my experience, many mothers who struggled to breastfeed but failed, end up believing that breastmilk isn’t all that great anyway and justify their decision to give formula. Formula is life-saving in many situations,
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves and start claiming that “Breastmilk ISN’T the best” and that “Formula is JUST AS GOOD.”
These kinds of statements are false and passed around frequently to soothe mothers with the inability to breastfeed.
Here’s my rebuttal to Fitness Reloaded‘s article. The author’s logic is completely backwards, treating formula as the norm and breastfeeding as something that needs to prove its worth. Here’s your wake-up call: Formula is a NEW INVENTION, made within the last two centuries. The ingredients have been changing and improving, trying to properly mimic breast milk. With it seemingly always updating and changing, new FDA rules have been put into place. It is up to formula companies to prove that it is just as good as breast milk, since this is something they want to SELL to you. Even though formula is relatively new on the scene, especially in comparison with breastfeeding, the use of infant formula to replace breastfeeding is on the rise.
“The [FDA] agency said breastfeeding is strongly recommended for newborns but that 25 percent of infants start out using formula. By three months, two-thirds of infants rely on formula for all or part of their nutrition.” -Jalonick reports for the Huffingtonpost