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Breastfeeding vs. Bottle Feeding: Are You Getting Glares? (page 2)

Breastfeeding vs. Bottle Feeding: Are You Getting Glares?

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Updated on Feb 24, 2012

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  • The pros: Newman says "despite the formula company marketing, formulas, none of them, are even close to breast milk in composition." Exclusive pumping is a way for moms to give the nutritional and immunological benefits of breast milk, even when breastfeeding itself is impossible.
  • The glares: Casemore—who also authored Breastfeeding, Take Two: Successful Breastfeeding the Second Time Around—says that "since exclusively pumping is not frequently recognized or presented as an option to new mothers when breastfeeding is not possible, many people have no idea of what it means to exclusively pump breast milk and therefore women who are exclusively pumping find themselves in a position where they either need to explain themselves to people or hide what they are doing." Pumpers may be judged by the formula feeders for going to crazy extremes when formula is readily available. And breastfeeding moms may judge the pumpers for not trying hard enough or taking the easy way out, even though pumping is far from easy.

Next time you're about to make a snap judgment, remember that you can't tell all the factors from the outside. You don't know if that bottle has milk or formula, and you don't know the reasons why breastfeeding failed. Casemore says, "Ultimately it's not a matter of how we feed our baby, but how we support each other to make educated decisions and to help women have the experience they deserve. Mothers love their babies and want the best for them. Let's support them in doing that, regardless of feeding method."

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