Feeding Babies Formula Will Turn Them Into Trolls

This just in: feeding babies formula will turn them into trolls.

Okay, not really.

I’m down with breastfeeding, as long as it’s not my breasts doing the feeding.  I will never even try to refute the medical superiority of breastfeeding.  I’ll support the rights of any woman to breastfeed any time and anywhere.  Some of my closest friends have breastfed right in my living room.  What I really, really hate is the pro-breastfeeding people making ignorant statements about feeding babies formula.

Everyone has their own reasons for whatever they feed their babies.  Some breastfeed for bonding.  Some are more about the health reasons.  Others have said point-blank that the reason that they breastfed was because they knew that there was no way that they could afford formula.  (Canada does not have WIC.  There’s a variety of social assistances out there, but there’s nothing that operates just like the US WIC program.  Others didn’t qualify for WIC but could not have afforded to buy the highly specialized formulas like Neocate.)  Some are feeding formula because they can’t breastfeed either physically or mentally… while others just don’t want to.  Whatever.  They’re being fed.

Today’s rant is inspired by something that I saw on Facebook.  There was a stupid article about formula feeding babies… and a Facebook commenter said, “The photo is, itself, an ad for why not to use formula. I could tell you that baby was formula baby on sight–she’s doughy.”

Really?

That’s just… stupid.  Those are absolutely stupid, idiotic words.

Contrary to what some Boob Nazis (not lactivists… there’s a huge difference) would like you to believe as they bludgeon you with their breast pumps, you cannot look at a baby and tell that she’s formula fed or breastfed.  It’s not like all breastfed babies are paragons of perfection bathed in perfect halos… while feeding babies formula makes them look like ghastly hunchbacks with a sickly green palor and crooked eyeballs.  Feeding babies formula does not mean that the baby looks like a stand in for the Butterball turkey.

Take a look at the babies below.  Can you tell which ones are breastfed and which ones aren’t?

 

Feeding Babies Formula Will Turn Them Into Trolls (Motherhood Looms)

Can you tell which of these babies were formula fed and which were breastfed?

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.

Comments

  1. For real? That is just plain un-intelligent! I cannot believe someone said that! I have never been able to look at a baby and tell whether or not they were formula-fed or breast-fed!

  2. For real? That is just plain un-intelligent! I cannot believe someone said that! I have never been able to look at a baby and tell whether or not they were formula-fed or breast-fed!

  3. Wow. That’s just obnoxious. I hate boob nazis. I breastfed my first for 8 weeks, and then quit (he got teeth and was shredding me, plus 19 and short attention span). I gave my first daughter formula from the get go. And have breastfed my last daughter from the word go – she got supplemented with formula from time to time (maybe 4 cans of powder her whole life). And ya know what? The breastfed baby is the doughy one. She’s fat. My other 2 kids were skinny and healthy looking. The last one is so plump I have to fight the urge to put her on a diet.

    People are just rude.

  4. Wow. That’s just obnoxious. I hate boob nazis. I breastfed my first for 8 weeks, and then quit (he got teeth and was shredding me, plus 19 and short attention span). I gave my first daughter formula from the get go. And have breastfed my last daughter from the word go – she got supplemented with formula from time to time (maybe 4 cans of powder her whole life). And ya know what? The breastfed baby is the doughy one. She’s fat. My other 2 kids were skinny and healthy looking. The last one is so plump I have to fight the urge to put her on a diet.

    People are just rude.

  5. That is ridiculous! I used to hear comments like “oh, your baby most love his formula”…but he was breastfed! He was extremely chunky, the complete opposite build of my first child. Ironically, I used to hear “oh he must be a breastfed baby, he looks like you do not feed him enough…why not feed him a little formula?” Even my child’s (ex) pediatrician told me to start feeding him formula so that he can be on par with all other babies his age! Qqf

    I wish that others would keep their thoughts to themselves

  6. That is ridiculous! I used to hear comments like “oh, your baby most love his formula”…but he was breastfed! He was extremely chunky, the complete opposite build of my first child. Ironically, I used to hear “oh he must be a breastfed baby, he looks like you do not feed him enough…why not feed him a little formula?” Even my child’s (ex) pediatrician told me to start feeding him formula so that he can be on par with all other babies his age! Qqf

    I wish that others would keep their thoughts to themselves

  7. Sorry, my two year old got my hands on the last comment 😉

  8. Sorry, my two year old got my hands on the last comment 😉

  9. People are so ridiculous!

    I set out to breastfeed, but the stress of time in the NICU took its toll on both of us. Seriously, why is nurses expect you to be able to breastfeed with 20 of them standing about gawking?!

    Anyhoo… long story short… I ended up pumping until I ran dry at about 6 months. I felt awful because it wasn’t what I wanted. I would see other women glare with judgement at my son’s bottle and I felt even worse… even though it was breastmilk in those bottles at for the first 6 months!

    Women need to stop making each other feel like crap for choices they make… and those things that may be out of their control.

  10. People are so ridiculous!

    I set out to breastfeed, but the stress of time in the NICU took its toll on both of us. Seriously, why is nurses expect you to be able to breastfeed with 20 of them standing about gawking?!

    Anyhoo… long story short… I ended up pumping until I ran dry at about 6 months. I felt awful because it wasn’t what I wanted. I would see other women glare with judgement at my son’s bottle and I felt even worse… even though it was breastmilk in those bottles at for the first 6 months!

    Women need to stop making each other feel like crap for choices they make… and those things that may be out of their control.

  11. Wow!

    I know a lot of breastfed babies who could be described as “doughy.”

    Way to dumb down the debate.

  12. Wow!

    I know a lot of breastfed babies who could be described as “doughy.”

    Way to dumb down the debate.

  13. Mama de Gabi y Mari says:

    If by “doughy” they mean babies with rolls of fat then they should see the daughter of one of my high school classmates. She is a breastfed baby and at 3 months she was bigger than my 10 month old formula fed baby. She is the happiest healthiest little chunk I have ever seen.

  14. Mama de Gabi y Mari says:

    If by “doughy” they mean babies with rolls of fat then they should see the daughter of one of my high school classmates. She is a breastfed baby and at 3 months she was bigger than my 10 month old formula fed baby. She is the happiest healthiest little chunk I have ever seen.

  15. We’ve done both breastfeeding and formula feeding, and my experience has taught me not to EVER make assumptions about another family’s choices in this area.

    • Exactly! They can vary from child to child, even, let alone from family to family. Isn’t it most important that the child is healthy and being fed and cared for?

  16. We’ve done both breastfeeding and formula feeding, and my experience has taught me not to EVER make assumptions about another family’s choices in this area.

    • Exactly! They can vary from child to child, even, let alone from family to family. Isn’t it most important that the child is healthy and being fed and cared for?

  17. OMG people are so ridiculous with their pushing of their thoughts onto others. I think as long as your baby is getting the nutrition they need, who CARES how they get it!

  18. MrsBullEsq says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this well-written and well articulated article. For reason that I feel I do not need to justify to anyone, I formula feed my wonderfully healthy and amazing son. I do not need to be constantly reminded that I’m administering him “poison” and that he will never catch up to his intellectually superior breastfed peers. will

  19. Rikky Mushrooms says:

    My daughter could have been “a stand in for the Butterball turkey”… my exclusively BREAST fed daughter that is. I find it hilarious that people claim to be able to tell the difference between a breast and formula fed baby. Even if a baby is sitting there with a bottle in their mouth, you STILL can’t tell if it’s breast milk or formula in there! And even if you could tell – does it matter? Is the child happy? Is the child being fed? GOOD ENOUGH!!

  20. As long as the child is getting proper nourishment, do what works! Formula, breast, both, whatever. And all those photos . . . I just see cute, happy babies! 😀

  21. Thanks for sharing this, Suzy. I found it very comforting.

  22. Wow…some of the comments you come across that inspire your posts are just…mind-numbing.
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  23. I agree, there is no reason to put another mother down for her own choices. If both mother and child are happy and healthy, what difference does it make.
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