I have some words for you regarding this thread.
Italics are mine. I won’t respond to the many other assertions you’ve made in this, IMHO, ridiculous OP. However, I couldn’t let this go without a comment.
I breastfed my beautiful 15 month old for four months. It was very difficult as I have very flat nipples and large breasts, and she just couldn’t latch on properly. I had a C-section under general anesthesia which also apparently contributed to breastfeeding difficulties. It took several visits from a lactation consultant in the hospital and at home to get us on course. Our daughter lost over 10% of her birthweight in the first two days, which forced us to supplement with formula to keep her alive. Only my and my husband’s tenacity and belief in the benefits of breastmilk enabled us to get over the initial hump and into a breastfeeding routine. It took about 6 weeks of struggle before it was natural and easy. She was lactose intolerant, so while breastfeeding I had to cut out all dairy from my diet, which I did with no remorse.
I went back to work after 12 weeks, and weaned her a month later. She was on lactose-free Enfamil until she was a year old, at which time we switched to whole cow’s milk with no problem.
My child has recently been diagnosed with a peanut allergy, and my pediatrician tells me that it may have been caused by a peanut butter sandwich that I ate while breastfeeding. A “la leche” friend of mine says that she is allergic to peanuts because she drank formula.
Your offhand comments, without the benefit of background or cite, only feed ignorance regarding some supposed link between formula and childhood allergies, lowered IQ, colds, lefthandedness, homosexuality, and whatever else formula feeding “might” cause. That is not what this message board, or Great Debates is about. You claim to want a “good debate” on this topic. If so, you need to do a little work. If you’re going to make these assertions, at least cut and paste some cites. It’s not hard.
Ironically, you could have cited several studies that show that by breastfeeding or feeding with soy formula, and delaying solid foods, you can stave off some allergies. But you didn’t.
Here’s one. I found at least 6 really good cites for your claims.
If you want to toute the advantages of breastfeeding, go ahead. If you want to say that people should need a perscription [sic] to get formula, please be my guest. Debate to your heart’s content. But if you’re going to make an argument regarding the harm that will befall all breastfed infants, please have the courtesy to provide a cite.
Oh, and fuck off.