This time around, I said, I was considering cutting it off after a month or so. At this remark, the air of insta-friendship we had established cooled into an icy politeness, and the mothers shortly wandered away to chase little Emma or Liam onto the slide. Just to be perverse, over the next few weeks I tried this experiment again several more times. The reaction was always the same: circles were redrawn such that I ended up in the class of mom who, in a pinch, might feed her baby mashed-up Chicken McNuggets. In my playground set, the urban moms in their tight jeans and oversize sunglasses size each other up using a whole range of signifiers: organic content of snacks, sleekness of stroller, ratio of tasteful wooden toys to plastic.
I Talked To My Formula-Feeding Mom About How She Didn't Breastfeed Me, & Honestly It Blew My Mind
Most kiddos would be starting kindergarten at this age. But not my little guy. But I want people to know how much deeper the pain gets. I share his story in hopes that no other family ever experiences the loss that we have. Jarrod and I wanted what was best for Landon as every parent does for their child.
Too little breast milk? How to increase low milk supply
Choosing to breast-feed or bottle-feed is a personal decision. Both have pros and cons. Over the years, the issue has been controversial, often leading to moms feeling judged for choosing bottle-fed formula over breast milk.
Children born by cesarean section are also more likely to become obese , or to develop autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes and asthma. Lately, scientists have identified another major contributor to the infant microbiome. Pumped milk still carries most other riches of breast milk. Nevertheless, this news about the microbiome, emerging from studies done in the past few years, taps into a fraught issue for many women: medical recommendations and societal pressure to breast-feed, combined with policies, or physical problems, that often make it all but impossible to do so.