Breast or Bottle
Wouldn't you think by now common sense
would have prevailed on this topic? No chance!!
Choice? What choice? When I was born my
mother was strongly discouraged from breast-feeding, and
by the time I had my first child 21 years later it had
swung right the other way and we were brainwashed in
pre-natal classes that we MUST breastfeed or the sky
would fall in (well almost).
As it happens I was unable to produce
more than a dribble of milk, despite all my Earmotherly
instincts, and quickly discovered how much nonsense is
being shared around about this.
So I raised 6 bottle-fed babies, all of
whom are very healthy indeed, and the one who has a food
allergy is allergic to artificial additives (shame they
all aren't really) so I don't see a connection.
If your child is bottle-fed, for
whatever reason, even if it's a silly reason, (and I'm
not into judging here), he'll be just fine so long as:
Everything you use is CLEAN.
You buy a reputable formula (most are,
just don't buy Soy without a damn good reason), and don't
change it every five minutes.
Prepare it exactly as directed on the
Offer on demand just as if you were
Be prepared to supplement with solid
foods at 6 months of age.
Bottle-feeding in poverty-stricken
conditions is a bad idea, for obvious reasons. If you are
reading this on a computer screen then you can afford to
buy enough formula, and keep the utensils clean, so we
don't need to dwell on that.
Obviously breast milk is preferable.
It's purpose-designed, free, on tap, sterile, perfect
temperature, AND it contains antibodies to protect your
child against disease all through his life. It is, quite
simply, perfect. And it is the most natural thing in the
world. If you want to breast-feed, don't be put off by
idiots. People who are offended by the sight of a woman
breast-feeding her child in public have a serious problem
which they need to work out. It's not your
problem, and you should just ignore them. They are the
same people who want animals to wear underwear.
Having taken the trouble to care this
much, to worry this much, to study this much, and to come
to this decision, whichever it was.....when your
child is older and ready for solid food remember that
natural is best, and anything else is a last resort. And
when your child is SICK, remember that natural medicine
is best, and anything else is a last resort. And if you
ever find yourself doubting this, ask yourself WHY
breast-feeding was an issue in the first place. Don't