For many of you, the Atlantic Monthly article “The Case Against Breastfeeding” by Hanna Rosin is old news. I’ve been meaning to write about it since it was published a few weeks ago, but … well, you know how things go. No explanations necessary.
I highly recommend reading the article (it’s kinda long), but if you don’t have time, here’s my little executive summary:
Despite all you hear, the superior health benefits of breastfeeding aren’t
proven beyond a shadow of a doubt. So why do we feel like we’re terrible moms if
we don’t do it? Ain’t no shame in the formula game.
The argument that breastfeeding may not be all that much better for babies than formula feeding was a new one to me. All I’ve ever heard is that “breast is best” and you’re shortchanging your kid by opting for the bottle.
That’s why I felt like such a terrible mother after my daughter was born and the whole BFing thing didn’t work out. The point of this AM article is that there’s no reason to feel terrible. BFing is great if that’s what you want to do, but formula feeding is perfectly fine, too.
With kiddo #2 due to arrive in July, I’ve been contemplating what I’m going to do this time around. I honestly don’t know where I’ll end up. The bad memories from last time still burn and make me want to reach for the nearest Enfamil can as soon as possible. But a lifetime of being told “breast is best” urges me to give it another try. We’ll see what happens. I have plenty of time to decide. But it is kind of nice to know that formula is OK and I won’t be a Bad Mom because I go that route. (I’ll have plenty of other opportunities to be a Bad Mom, as I discover on a daily basis.)