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November 3rd, 2006, 07:28 AM
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What myths have you heard about bottle feeding that aren't true?

I heard that you can't bond with your baby if you are bottle feeding...this is TOTALLY 100% UNTRUE!!!
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November 3rd, 2006, 10:50 AM
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I bottle fed all three kids. 1st one had expressed breastmilk for 6 mos then formula for 6 mos, first had FF after 2 weeks and third had EBM for 2.5 mos and is now on formula.

I certainly bonded with all 3 very nicely! I always hold my babies while feeding them and never proped a bottle.

Another bottle feeding myth is that bottle fed babies spit up more:

Not true. I have had two bottle babies that hardly spit at all and I've had breastfeeding friends kids spit big time.
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November 3rd, 2006, 12:09 PM
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What myths have you heard about bottle feeding that aren't true?

I heard that you can't bond with your baby if you are bottle feeding...this is TOTALLY 100% UNTRUE!!![/b]
my mother had 5 children, all of us bottle fed (us older ones were even fed carnation milk with vitamin supplements... how cute and old school) So anyways... when my youngest sister was born, a nurse made a comment to my mother about how if she didn't breast feed my sister wouldn't bond... my mother turned around and replied: well if that's the case, can u pls call my house and tell the other 4 to leave me alone for 5 mintues then... if they're not bonded, i don't know what is...
the nurse walked away in a huff..
my fave myth, is that formula fed babies are less intelligent, and don't develop as quickly mentally....ya hun....
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November 3rd, 2006, 12:36 PM
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What myths have you heard about bottle feeding that aren't true?

I heard that you can't bond with your baby if you are bottle feeding...this is TOTALLY 100% UNTRUE!!![/b]
my mother had 5 children, all of us bottle fed (us older ones were even fed carnation milk with vitamin supplements... how cute and old school) So anyways... when my youngest sister was born, a nurse made a comment to my mother about how if she didn't breast feed my sister wouldn't bond... my mother turned around and replied: well if that's the case, can u pls call my house and tell the other 4 to leave me alone for 5 mintues then... if they're not bonded, i don't know what is...
the nurse walked away in a huff..
my fave myth, is that formula fed babies are less intelligent, and don't develop as quickly mentally....ya hun....
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Funny Story!!! Maybe that nurse should call my kids too and tell them to leave me alone for 5 mins...or maybe just long enough to take an un-interrupted shower!!! lol
Also if they aren't as intelligent maybe someone needs to inform my older daughter's teachers that she was bottle fed because they keep telling my how advanced she is and how well she is doing in school!
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November 3rd, 2006, 04:59 PM
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on the intelligence front is yes, bf fed babies do tend to have a higher IQ - but it is only 5 pts and by grade school it is usually the same.

i recently read an artilce though that said that it wasn't the breastmilk that made kids smarter it was the parents - intelligence is genetic and it just happens that smarter people tend to bf - not saying we aren't smart here don't get me wrong! I know my IQ and I'm certainly not dumb but just saying if you are smart your kids will be - it doesn't have anything to do with breastmilk.

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November 3rd, 2006, 07:57 PM
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I don't understand the whole bonding statement. WHen I'm holding Cameron against my chest and feeding him his bottle and he's looking up into my eyes, I'm certain he has no clue he is not suckling from my breast....he's 3 weeks for crying out loud....he certainly does not know the difference between a breast and a bottle since he's never had a breast. What a crock that whole bonding thing is.....he's bonded just fine to me
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November 3rd, 2006, 08:52 PM
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My fave one is "nipple confusion." They say babies reject artificial nipples cause they are confused about the feel. Not true. They dispense differently.
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November 4th, 2006, 06:33 AM
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My fave one is "nipple confusion." They say babies reject artificial nipples cause they are confused about the feel. Not true. They dispense differently.[/b]
My DD would have rather had an artificial nipple ANY day. It was just easier to latch on to for her.
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