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MY View

Apparently today on "The View" several of the hosts made derogatory comments about us breastfeeders. They said that it's gross to brestfeed for more than a few months and that we are a scary bunch of people because we throw bottles and cans of formula at the heads of those who don't breastfeed.

What fools. Do they not realize that ignorant comments will only serve to further alienate people from their show?And let's not even mention that this is National Breastfeeding Week. Fools.

Here's the deal. I breastfeed my son for several reasons. I had planned on at least tying ot breastfeed him, then he was born prematurely. Any doctor will tell you that premature babies need the immunity and nutrition from breastmilk even more than full-term babies. Not only that, but preemies can't digest formula very well. So, when Eddie was born early, that sealed the deal. I determined to breastfeed at least until he was a year old (adjusted age). Now, RSV is still a risk for him, but he's not getting the vax this year. SO, I am breastfeeding until at least April 2007.

The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding until the age of two -- AT LEAST.

As for you and your child, do what you need to do. I have friends who formula-feed/fed their kids and I don't think I have ever said a word to them about their choice. I simply expect the right to breastfeed my son for as long as I so wish without being called militant, indiscreet, perverted, etc... And plesae don't spout off some off-the-wall accusation that I throw formula at people's heads.

I've never even thought about launching a 6 oz bottle of formula towards anyone -- until now, that is. I think Rosie O'Donnell and her friends would make a loverly target, don't you?


Blogger Carrie said...

Wow, I hadn’t heard about this. After Rosie’s “radical Christian” comment you would think that group would run out of feet to stick in their mouth.

I know that is mostly a liberal group of women but I am still highly disappointed to hear them make such a ridiculous comment. I hope that show goes off the air soon.

8:13 AM

Blogger Amanda said...

Aaah, the View. Isn't this like the 4th or 5th time they've had someone spout off with derogatory comments about breastfeeding? Do ya think at some point they will get a clue?

I have 3 children - the first, I weaned at age 15 months, the second self-weaned at 28 months, and the 3rd is still going at 38 months (we'll see when she weans herself). I am a firm proponent of breastfeeding - I am glad to answer anyone's questions re: breastfeeding, etc. BUT, I also have *never* said anything mean or remotely judgemental to someone who chose to formula feed. I can't even imagine - throwing formula/bottles at someone? I mean, if they wanted to criticize you'd think they could come up with something sorta realistic, huh?

10:04 PM

Blogger Reformed Mama said...

carrie -- yeah, rosie is NOT my favorite person. i'll stop there before i say something mean.

amanda -- it's nice to know that someone else bf's for a while in this area of the country. i don't mean that as a slam against those who don't bf, but most people i know here don't.

10:13 PM


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