This One's For the Moms Out There.

January 29, 2009

If you're not one, feel free to skip right on over. But I had to share this piece "How To Avoid Baby Formula" from Gourmet's website (of all places!). If you have had a baby and spent any time in a doctor's office and/or the hospital during your pregnancy and delivery, you will identify with what the author is talking about. Formula companies blatantly trying to shove that stuff down your baby's throat (I know sometimes it is needed, but still....)

Favorite quote: "I had been cooking from scratch for way too many years to feed my baby meal-replacement shakes."

By the way, the author Lesley Porcelli has started The Kids Menu monthly-ish column and she has some interesting topics, so check it out. Here is another great piece on moms who decide to have that glass of wine now and again while -- gasp! -- pregnant.

19 comments:

  1. LOVE IT! Who isn't tired of corrupt companies with ulterior motives shoving mis-information down all of our throats, literally and figuratively.

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  2. i absolutely hate this topic...both of my children are adopted (thus are NOT breastfed) and you wouldn't believe the crap people say to me about it!!! formula is not the end of the world.

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  3. stashing away the "drink wine and coffee while pregnant" article for future reference.

    invaluable information.

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  4. So timely! I am newly expecting our second, and think it must be perfectly fine to have a glass of my very favorite Pinot Grigio every now and again. With some goat cheese.

    jbhat

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  5. LobotoME: sorry, I was hoping to not offend anyone!

    lovely morning and jbhat: I highly recommend that glass of wine while "with child." i'll take any chance to live more like a french woman! also, i believe it's way more about what you DO eat than what you don't eat while pregnant. And congrats to you, jbhat. :)

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  6. Painful topic to anyone who ended up not being able to breastfeed and wanted to. Not all are victims of some corporate campaign geared toward formula. In fact, I would say the culture these days is so strongly skewed toward breastfeeding that mother's unable to accomplish it are loaded with shame from day one. That seems like the bigger tragedy to me.

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  7. I have to agree with Becky! It's hip to be natural (probably reason for article) and there's more pressure to breastfeed than formula feed in my opinion. The article was so true on many points though!

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  8. I also agree with Becky. I wanted to exclusively breastfeed, but couldn't produce enough milk. I was miserable for the first year, and it didn't help that my LLL representative kept saying things like "formula is disgusting and upsets baby's tummy" and "it's very rare that a mother can't produce enough milk", as if I was withholding milk intentionally.

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  9. Sorry, I didn't mean to sprinkle my bitterness on your lovely blog. With respect to the wine during pregnancy topic, I agree that people should relax. Actually, I heard that French women are cautioned from eating salad during their pregnancy. I don't know why, but maybe because of a fear of parasites or bacteria from improperly washed vegs, since salads have a lot of raw components?

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  10. OOPS! I forgot that my parents always taught me to not discuss religion, sex, politics....and breastfeeding in polite company! My bad. ;)

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  11. Jora, we all adore you & your blog...this is just such a LOADED topic...and not your fault that it is just that. i just want women to leave me alone when I am bottle feeding henry (organic formula) and not give me dirty looks or start obnoxious conversations. I had CANCER. I can't have biological children. I CAN'T BREASTFEED!!! maybe i should make a shirt that says that!??! lol. xo, jenny :)

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  12. Ooof, tough topic. Jora, you're brave :)

    I agree with some here that, at least where I am, the pressure is more about breastfeeding no matter what. Obviously, each mother needs to do what's best for her children... whatever that happens to be. Sometimes articles like these come off as 'one size fits all.'

    Ironically, this article made be even more grateful for my excellent healthcare providers... this formula pressure routine never happened for us.

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  13. I feel obligated to weigh in as well. While I agree that there is certainly a marketing slant towards formula,to me it is no different than the marketing for fast food, useless toys, etc. As a parent it is your responsibility to filter and make the best choices for your family.

    I was blessed to be able to nurse both my babies but have known several friends who struggled and could just not. I'm glad they had a choice and those babies are now grown and healthy.

    I think it is really hard for those who have such strong opinions about breastfeeding to be empathetic. Which is a shame...

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  14. Jora love your blog and never comment - I just want to say that I am so pleased to see how polite and thoughtful everyone has been about this topic! (from a mother who desparately wanted to BF and was unable to and silently still suffering!)

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  15. Love this post! I have always believed that the "no wine while prego" rule was really about the fear that people aren't intelligent enough to moderate on their own, so docs just say don't do it, period. i very much enjoyed the occassional cocktail during my last pregnancy and I plan to do the same this time around. oh, and don't even get me started on the forumala pushing. Maia was born petite and the hospital pediatrician threatened to make us supplement every day we were in the hospital after her birth, but in the end, I won. Then despite going back to work fulltime, I only allowed breastmilk which meant pumping around the cloack and sometimes my husband had to pick up a supply from me at work and run it home, but it was so worth it. Finally just weaned at 14 months.

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  16. I had to stop breastfeeding my daughter after being diagnosed with cancer so I could start treatment. I, unlike Jenny, haven't gotten comments YET but want to let people know sometimes formula is your only choice.

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  17. This is such a tough subject because people are feel so strongly. I was fortunate enough to nurse my children but when I went back to work I still pumped for them. My oldest friend actually gave me grief that I was still pumping and I felt like she slapped me in the face (Obviously still a little bitter about that comment). I know that every woman's circumstances are different and I always try to keep that in the back of my mind. I just wish women weren't so hard on each other because we all are doing the best we can with what we've got.

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  18. Ohhh, once again, this topic sparks debate rather than understanding. This is an excerpt from a Celebrity Babies interview with Melora Hardin from The Office, and it is just what I wish I could articulate to express what I think about people having different ideas, opinions, political views, lifestyles, parenting methods, and values.

    I think people take it personally and get threatened. They think you're saying that they're bad because they're doing it differently than you're doing it.

    We value right and wrong, black and white -- we value extremes. We don't value trying to sort of discover and experience and appreciate the other side of things. I don't have interest in making people feel bad about what they've done because of what I've done.

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  19. Jora- I just found you this week and I love your blog!!!
    I know I'm delayed but I just wanted to add to the conversation that I found this article so empowering. So much of parenting in America seems to come down to consumerism and I feel like the article tells us to be aware of who is trying to make these important decisions for us.
    It's not about judging another person for doing the "right" or "wrong" thing, but being armed with some good information to help you stick with your choice in what might be an uncomfortable situation.

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