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
Southampton-based photographer, Lillian Sediles (lilliansediles.com), took these gorgeous photos of a family’s breastfeeding journey.
Breastfeeding is difficult, though natural. It’s the best way to feed a baby. Kim makes it look so easy, though as a breastfeeding mum, I know it has its difficult times! In the early stages, I remember feeling like a cow or a milk-machine; that my sole purpose in life was to create milk to feed my baby. In the later stages, I wonder if I’ll ever be able to stop breastfeeding! Though in every stage, I always find moments of warmth, love, thankfulness, and closeness as I nurse my baby. I hope these photos are a reminder of how special breastfeeding is and also an encouragement to mums out there to keep at it!
Congratulations to all breastfeeding mums out there, these photos are in honour of you and in celebration of National Breastfeeding Week!
Is this even possible? Yes. Today, “fetal distress” is a leading cause for a c-section. So how can it be avoided?
How to Avoid Fetal Distress
1. Refuse EFM, Electronic Fetal Monitoring. This is your birth. This should be your choice. Many hospitals may ‘require’ you to be monitored using EFM; however, you have the choice to refuse! If you don’t have to guts to refuse a health professional, then I advise hiring a doula to speak for you. Why is this important? There is significant data that shows the increased risk of c-section with an increase of EFM use. Here’s a quote from the 2005 Practice Bulletin #70 of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists:
“Despite its widespread use, there is controversy about the efficacy of EFM. Moreover, there is evidence that the use of EFM increases the rate of cesarean and operative vaginal deliveries. Given that the available data do not clearly support the use of EFM over intermittent ausculation, either option is acceptable in a patient without complications.” (Obstetrics and Gynecology, Intrapartum Fetal Heart-Rate Monitoring 106 (6), 1463-1561.)