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Breast Feeding vs Formula

From: Philip R.
Sent on: Thursday, April 4, 2013 2:35 PM
In recent days a number of people on the web have been criticizing the Weston A. Price Foundation for their position on breast feeding. The Foundation's position has been clear for many years and is written up in numerous articles. It is as follows:

from Best to Worst:

- Breast milk from well nourished mothers [see dietary recommendations]
- Breast milk from donors who are well nourished
- Homemade baby formula from the Foundation's own recipe, made with raw whole milk
- Breast milk from mothers who are likely lacking in nutrients due to a less than nutrient dense diet
- Commercial formula (with additional supplementation)
- Breast milk from vegan mothers


A number of people have been falling over themselves to criticize the Foundation's concern that breast milk from vegans is the worst form of baby feeding. Unfortunately, formula milk will have some nutrients, necessary to the development of a baby which are lacking in the breast milk of a vegan. The dangerous suggestion, promoted by the NHS and other establishment organizations, that breast is best, regardless of the status of the mother, has caused significant damage to a great number of mothers and babies, unlike the many who have been saved by the Weston A. Price Foundation's homemade baby formula recipe.

Yes, there are wider benefits from breast feeding, but the Foundation believes that nutrition is the foundation upon which baby health develops. There are numerous articles on the topic in the Foundation's Children's Health section, including testimonials for our raw milk formula:

Sally's response is that:
"A number of people are chastising the Foundation for making people feel guilty because their diet isn't "perfect",, some people may feel angry or guilty but a lot of Moms have taken our advice to heart and had beautiful, healthy babies"

Except from "Breastfeeding Saga"

"Breastfeeding is the best way to accomplish this goal, if the mother has a healthy diet and if her milk supply is adequate. To pretend that all women can breastfeed without difficulty, and that all breast-milk is completely nourishing, does women and their children a great disservice. Let's not withhold information as my pediatrician did when I was having difficulties. Women need to know that there are other options besides commercial formula, and that a healthy supplement can be given to a hungry baby even while he suckles at the breast."


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