How to Win Any Breastfeeding Argument

Cand o sa am timp (si promit ca o sa imi fac timp pentru asta!) voi traduce acest articol si il voi posta pe blog in limba noastra materna. Pana atunci, va las sa il lecturati in engleza. Articolul a fost postat aici, pe AlphaParent, un blog care mie imi place tare mult! Enjoy, ca sa zic asa: It’s a touchy subject, this feeding lark. When breastfeeding mothers and formula feeding mothers lock horns, the result bares likeness to a libyan battleground. On internet message boards across the globe, formula feeders are attracted to breastfeeding threads like moths to a flame. One group must offer a disclaimer before they open their mouth; the opposing group is ready with their straw men. Woe betide any breastfeeding mother who openly admits to having preference, knowledge and even *gasp* pride in nursing her child. What’s more, the melee doesn’t end online. In day to day life the mother in law, the health professional and the random bod on the street jump in on a regular basis. They offer ‘advice’ fuelled by their own prejudice, defensiveness and lack of knowledge. Sometimes the advice is cloaked in the farce of ‘concern’; other times it is tantamount to brazen bullying. Here’s my timely guide on how to tackle each irritant, one by one. Formula feeders: Argument: “Most of our generation were formula-fed and we are all healthy”. Comeback: This is untrue. The long-term effects of not being breastfed are only beginning to be understood. Blood pressure, cholesterol levels, obesity, allergies, diabetes and academic performance are all starting to be linked with how we were fed as...