posted my reason on bottle-feeding (mostly formula) at http://www.pregnancy.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=344454
. The guilt that is being placed on all of us is tremendous. Postpartum is hard as it is. We don't need any more pressure from anyone.
Below is an article from NY times. I think we all need to respect each person's decision. No judgement as we don't know why we can/can't or do/don't want to breastfeed.
Breast-Feed or Else
By RONI RABIN
Published: June 13, 2006
Warning: Public health officials have determined that not
breast-feeding may be hazardous to your baby's health.
There is no black-box label like that affixed to cans of infant
formula or tucked into the corner of magazine advertisements, at least
not yet. But that is the unambiguous message of a controversial
government public health campaign encouraging new mothers to
breast-feed for six months to protect their babies from colds, flu,
ear infections, diarrhea and even obesity.
Child-rearing experts have long pointed to the benefits of
breast-feeding. But critics say the new campaign has taken things too
far and will make mothers who cannot breast-feed, or choose not to,
feel guilty and inadequate.
"I desperately wanted to breast-feed," said Karen Petrone, an
associate professor of history at University of Kentucky in Lexington.
When her two babies failed to gain weight and her pediatrician
insisted that she supplement her breast milk with formula, Ms. Petrone
said, "I felt so guilty."
"I thought I was doing something wrong," she added. "Nobody ever told
me that some women just can't produce enough milk."
Moreover, urging women to breast-feed exclusively is a tall order in a
country where more than 60 percent of mothers of very young children
work, federal law requires large companies to provide only 12 weeks'
unpaid maternity leave and lactation leave is unheard of. Only a third
of large companies provide a private, secure area where women can
express breast milk during the workday, and only 7 percent offer
on-site or near-site child care, according to a 2005 national study of
employers by the nonprofit Families and Work Institute.
"I'm concerned about the guilt that mothers will feel," said Ellen
Galinsky, president of the center. "It's hard enough going back to
Public health leaders say the weight of the scientific evidence for
breast-feeding has grown so overwhelming that it is appropriate to
recast their message to make clear that it is risky not to