An Open Letter To Any Mothers Who Have Ever Fed Their Baby Formula

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Dear mothers,

As much as I read about breastfeeding, I have come across many stories like this and this and it’s made me think a lot about formula feeding and breastfeeding and everything like that. And I know I talk a lot on this blog about breastfeeding and everything like that, but in case it ever comes into question, I want to clear something up ahead of time.

I respect you. I think you are a great mom and I know you love your baby.

I know some of you have chosen formula and never looked back.

But others of you I know desperately wanted to breastfed. And for whatever reason – not enough milk, lack of support, misinformation and myths – you couldn’t. And I want to let you know, it’s okay that you couldn’t. Your baby was still fed and loved and nourished, even if you couldn’t do the thing you most desperately wanted to do.

I want you to know that you are not failures. Breastfeeding is hard and for some women, even impossible. And at the end of the day, your baby needs to get fed. You can’t ignore your baby’s needs. You are taking care of your baby in the best way that you possibly can. And I have come to understand and know and recognize that is different in everyone’s situation.

So I want you to know that I won’t stop supporting breastfeeding here, but that I will also support you, because guess what? You are taking care of your baby and loving them and nurturing them and at the end of the day, that is the most important thing. Babies need love to grow, much more than they think about what is filling their bellies.

You are a great mom and I love and respect you. Come alongside me and we can talk about how we are raising our kids to be great people, in our own unique ways.

Because I know motherhood is hard. And everyone is making the choices they need to.

With all my love and support,

A Mama Just Like You

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Mister Rogers Talks About How Moms Feed Their Babies

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This video to me is really sweet. Makes me miss Mister Rogers. But I also point this out because I think it’s very important that breastfeeding be normalized and shown in society, not hidden away. We have plenty of science now to show that breast really is best for babies, but our breastfeeding rates are still lower than they could/should be. A lot of the reasons women stop are reasons that are completely preventable. I think it would go a long way if we could normalize it and make it acceptable. That’s why clips like this on Mister Rogers are so great.

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10 Finds for Thursday – 12/6/12

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All right, it’s that time again – a round up of ten things that I think you should read!

Ten Things: A Roundup Worth Reading

1. How to Interview a Midwife

2. Booby Traps Series: 30% of working moms report taking no maternity leave. 40% say they take 6 weeks or less. Meet one of the biggest Booby Traps of them all.

3. Science You Can Use: Some obese women struggle with breastfeeding, but new research suggests it’s not all about physiology.

4. Do Docs Miss Breast Cancer Warning Signs in Breastfeeding Mothers?

5. Targeting TV Advertising By (Literally) Watching the Viewers

6. Writing Prompts Use Digital Photos For Writing

7. Full Moons Won’t Make You Cray-Cray, Say Scientists

8. Use Holiday Travel To Give Back By Donating Frequent Flier Miles To Families Of Very Sick

9. True Story: Everything You Need To Know About Domestic Violence – From a Prosecutor

10. Six-Year-Old Girl Wants To Know Why “Guess Who?” Has More Men Than Women (And So Do We)

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