So while we should always be respectful,
It should be a no-brainer that we shouldn't have to tiptoe around the benefits of breastfeeding and breastmilk on posts on this board.
I just get that feeling from a few people that if you say anything good about breastmilk,
it must come with a disclaimer
"of course if you have low supply and need to use formula that formula is ok and perfect for your situation and that is not what I refer to in my post".
Then and only then are you able to say formula stinks and makes stinky poop.
The benefits of breastfeeding go way past the choice of breast or formula, it's not just a pampers or huggies kind of choice.
MOST here are around because they do understand it's good stuff, and often they are here to get help. We do our best to help.
Oh and many many times our advice is goin to counteract the advice of your pediatrician.
and yep, we don't have the medical degree, so you should probably take our advice with a grain of salt.
But after almost 13 years of giving breastfeeding advice, there is a LOT that I personally know about breastfeeding that most pediatricians haven't a clue. It's not part of their normal course of training.
And if they do get some training in school, that book knowledge does not stack up to the THOUSANDS of years of real life mom's knowledge that we have here on this board and boards like it across the internet.
I won't apologize for being a strong supporter of breastfeeding and believing that breastmilk is the best choice for EVERY baby.
Of course as moms we often make choices that are second best. Can't afford the top of the line car seat, so you get the best that you can. Can't afford to stay home with baby, or gasp don't want to, or you work for the health insurance in the family, so you get the best caregiver you can--but it may not be the live-in nanny that takes care of baby and makes dinner too. Can't afford or live too far from the "best" school so you get the best you can in your neighborhood and sometimes you settle for less and you do some home extra practice or hire a tutor or whatever to make it work.
But shouldn't we strive hard to get the best within reason?