Breastmilk: Perfect for Lazy Moms like Me

Here’s an article that goes far in the Breast vs Bottle Debate and it comes from Nature.

Time and time again, formula companies tout their milk as “close” to breastmilk. Researchers are discovering more and more reasons why it will only ever be “close” and never be superior to, or even equal to, breastmilk.

The article explains:

Indeed, the fact there are so many bioactive molecules in breast milk means that breastfeeding is an activity that empowers mothers. He adds, “The more we learn about the details of breast milk the more we realize that males have a little chance to influence their offspring by non-genetic pathways. Mothers have a very rich opportunity.”

In non-Geek speak, that means breastmilk does things for mothers and babies on a genetic level that formula cannot compete with without gene modification. Breastmilk changes and modifies genes on a mother-baby specific level. The only way formula can do that is to make formula for each baby based on that baby’s needs. Formula is One Size Fits all. Breastmilk is One Size Fits ONE.

As a mother who has done both breast and bottle feeding, I can honestly say, I’m really too lazy to bottle feed. During the first few sleep deprived weeks of new motherhood where you are questioning your ability (and sometimes sanity) in raising a child, the bottle seems the easier option. There is less perceived pressure. Things are measurable. There are assurances that you recognize from societal norms that you are doing the right thing. When you are breaking ground among your family and friends as a new breastfeeding mother, those cues are often missing. You question yourself and your ability.

But the secret is, breastfeeding gets easier. You and the baby get the hang of it. And, did I mention, it gets easier than bottles in the middle of the night, during the day, during long car rides, hikes in the woods?

Once you gain that self confidence, breastfeeding can be done pretty much anywhere at any time.

It is far more liberating to go out with baby knowing all you need to do is throw a diaper in your purse, grab the keys and GO. The bulky diaper bag full of STUFF is completely optional. I stopped carrying a diaper bag after my third child. There really wasn’t anything I needed in the bag that I couldn’t carry in my purse. No need for snacks, bottles, formula, changes of clothes, etc. Of course my van suffered for that, but it really is a house on wheels and our family could really survive in it for several days (and we’re not just talking eating the smashed up food that makes its ways into the cracks and crevices of the carseats, thank you very much).

By the time baby number six came along and we crammed all the kids in a minivan and drove cross country (because we believe in torturing ourselves for the benefit of the children), it was quite easy to sit in the van next to the carseat and lean a bit to let her nurse instead of stopping. That’s another “perk” to breastfeeding (tho I’m not sure perk is the right word to use when you’re a 38DD Long): You don’t have to get out of the seatbelt or lean too far forward to nurse in a rear facing carseat, or roll over to the side to nurse at night…

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Don’t worry, this blog is still alive and kicking. And it’s in serious need of a butt kicking. I’ve been neglectful.

One of my goals for the new year is to breath new life in to this blog.

I still welcome guest posts and would love your feedback. And the blog’s voice may chance a bit over the coming  year as I really tweak things and give this blog what it deserves.  It may become more lactivist and information oriented in supporting women and breastfeeding.

 

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