Category Archives: Breastfeeding vs. Formula Feeding

I Chose to Formula Feed, It’s My Right

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“Are you planning to breastfeed or bottle feed?” I was asked this question in the OB’s office around my sixth month of pregnancy, and my first response was a sigh. I had pondered this question almost from my baby’s conception, and thought I had come to the right conclusion. “I’m going to use formula.” The […]

Lactation In Style

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Finally — the ultimate in high-fashion breast pumps is here! As its name implies, the Pump In Style has it all for the nursing mom who seeks high style in a breast pump. A true slave to fashion (think banana hair clips and shoulder pads in the ’80s, flannel shirts in the ’90s), I’m thrilled […]

Imperfections

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More and more it seems that there is a movement towards changing public policy to force women to breastfeed. A recent Massachusetts proposal to ban formula samples to laboring or new mothers within the state’s hospitals brings up an interesting societal paradox. Many state that formula samples inhibit a mother’s ability to succeed in breastfeeding, […]

(No) Thanks for the Mammaries

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In 1998 most moms-to-be knew that breast was best way to feed their babies, but I had my doubts. Having undergone a breast reduction more than 10 years earlier at the age of 18, I had concerns about my ability to breastfeed. During the surgical procedure milk ducts and nerves are sometimes cut, making breastfeeding […]

Machinery I Have Loved

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The Medela Pump in Style (PIS) is the second* piece of machinery that I have actually kissed after using it for the first time. I had used a manual Avent Isis pump a few times in the first few months, but always found it taxing. The Isis saved me when my milk came in and […]

It Was My Choice

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Before I had Harper I knew I would breastfeed her. I did not know of anyone currently breastfeeding and no one in my family were, many hadn’t either. But I knew it was what was right for us. I have crohn’s disease and am diagnosed bi-polar, so I have spent most of my life on […]