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From: deeprivermom Date: January 23rd, 2012 12:23 am (UTC) (Link)


I'm a mum of young children so I was bombarded with the pros and cons debate the moment I learned I was pregnant. It was otherwise an issue that was invisible to me in my pre motherhood life. I hadn't even noticed the existence of large schools and playgrounds in my old neighbourhood. It was as if a previously unknown universe or parallel dimension revealed itself to me when I discovered I was pregnant. I'm curious (okay maybe nosy), as to how or why this issue caught your attention?
It's a very touchy issue, there are the mums who breastfeed and judge those who use formula harshly. I did choose to breastfeed and would do so again in a heartbeat, but I have mum-friends who had complications and could not breastfeed their babies and had to give them formula. Still there are other mothers who elected to feed their babies formula, I don't know if it was an informed choice on their part. I do think the hospitals are doing a better job of encouraging and educating the public on the benefits of breastfeeding, but it's a mixed message when they also give free samples and literature from whatever formula company has given them supplies.
unixronin From: unixronin Date: January 23rd, 2012 01:59 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: curious

See the link I pasted at the end of the post. (I was going to embed the video, but that ... wasn't working.) It's a 90-minute talk by a UCSF pediatrician talking about the rock-solid, provable-at-the-biochemistry-level direct link between fructose and obesity, Type II diabetes, and a host of other metabolic and physiological problems more commonly associated with alcohol abuse.

The infant-formula issue is something he tossed out along the way, talking for a few minutes about infant obesity. I looked at the quantitative contents analysis flashed up on the screen, and thought to myself, "Wait a minute ... that's non-dairy creamer with a different label."
cymrullewes From: cymrullewes Date: January 23rd, 2012 02:29 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: curious

We were watching the video and Dr. Lustig was talking about obese SIX MONTH olds... it blew my mind. I breastfed our three girls because it was much easier and less expensive the buying formula. Also, because my Mom had fed us and with the higher risk of breast cancer, it made more sense to do the things that reduce my risk.
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