One of my FB friends posted this article, with the following response to it.
"First of all, all women can breastfeed, with the exception of a very
tiny minority. It is extremely rare for a woman to truly not be able to
make enough milk to feed her child. For women having suppl...y
issues, getting proper support (lactation consultant, breast pump,
taking fenugreek, and just plain old encouragement) can be key in
turning that experience around.
Therefore, almost all women that formula feed are making a choice to do so, for various reasons, some more valid than others. If a child has some kind of lactose intolerance or allergy, you don't really have any choice but to turn to a soy based formula. Most parents just assume (wrongly) that formula manufacturers would not put anything in baby formula that could harm a child, which of course is incorrect. I think it's important that parents be aware of what they are feeding their child, just like a breastfeeding mom will be sure not to take certain drugs or drink excessive amounts because it could harm her child through her milk, they need to be equally aware of what is in formula.
By the way, you can make homemade baby formula. The ingredients are inexpensive, and it is much healthier for baby."
This is how I responded. Her attitude about it makes me feel awful!
"That article makes me sick, it is extremely biased and not constructive
at all. I was lucky enough to breastfeed Caleb for 15 months, but we
had to supplement with formula because I could not freeze my breast
milk. You do NOT understand how...
hard breastfeeding is until you have that experience, and I think its
awful you are judging moms who choose (or have to) use formula. Yes I
agree that formula should be regulated and parents should read the
labels, but I know plenty of formula fed babies who are happy, healthy,
smart and not fat from all the supposed sugar. This recall was
extremely unfortunate, but I hate that people have turned into a reason
for judging other women. If Pepsi was recalled for a similar issue,
would you react the same way?"