I was just reading on a message board, and this was what one poster wrote:
The World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics both advocate breastfeeding as the best possible option for babies. The second best is pumped breast milk. Number 3 is another mom's milk. The last option is artificial baby milk.
For starters, I had pretty nasty PPD with my oldest that was exaserbated (sp???) by breast feeding. I stopped really early on an used formula. I didn't even attempt to nurse with the little one because I was already on antidepressants - the whole pregnancy - and knew it would be a horrible, horrible decision. I knew from the minute that little "PREGNANT" showed up on the stick that we'd be using formula. I get really sick of the nursing Nazis who compare formula to poison because they have never walked in my shoes, nor the shoes of any other woman who cannot breastfeed. For me, it was for psychological reasons, for others it's physical. And believe me, the psychological/emotional reasons are just as valid as the physical ones. Just ask any mom who's ever suffered from PPD. You do what you have to do, and for me, it was bottles and formula. I will never regret that decision, I would never go back and change it, and it doesn't make me less of a mom, or a worse mom, than one who breast fed. Bottom line is, for my kids and my family, formula was best. Quote the "pros" all you want, but that quote does not cover every family or every situation. Sometimes, breast simply is not best.
Sorry, went off on a little rant there.
That wasn't even what got me about that post. What got me was that they'd say that giving your child another woman's milk is better for them than formula. Okay, now say it with me --
EW EW EW EW EW EW EW!!!!!!!!!!
Can you IMAGINE feeding your infant something that came out of another persons BODY?? I don't care what kind of screenings they might have, that's just GROSS! Even with tests there are diseases and stuff that won't show up at the time of a test and that could put an infant at risk of some serious disease! I mean really, it's better to give a baby someone else's bodliy fluid than formula?? G.R.O.S.S. I think I ought to check to see if that's accurate... I just can't imagine why anyone would want to do that! You don't know that person, and even if you do I still wouldn't want my friends or family giving my child their breast milk. It's still nasty nasty nasty!!
I'm sure there would be people who'd tell me I might feel differently if I'd nursed (see above: I did, for a short time), but I don't think so. Regardless of how you fed your own children, doesn't the very idea of feeding them something that came out of another woman's breasts just make you gag?
If not, please tell me why not! And if it does, feel free to comment with some major EW's! I can't believe I'm the only one completely repulsed by the very idea.