Here I am, the halfway point of my pregnancy. I cannot believe that I’m now closer to labor than conception. Eeek.
Bubs has been moving around quite a bit today. I’m surprised to find that I’ve gotten used to the feeling of movement, to the point that I don’t always notice it. Bubs is still not at the painful kicking stage, but I am certain there’s something in there — and it’s not last night’s pizza.
I just read in the August issue of Real Simple magazine that breastfeeding is a “waste of time.”
The article is no longer available online (I’ve heard they’ve received 20,000 letters and e-mails of complaint about this) but here’s the text of the article:
“What happens if you…
don’t breast-feed your child?
most likely: “In the long run, nothing,” says Boris Petrikovsky, chairman of the department of obstetrics-gynecology at Nassau University Medical Center, in East Meadow, New York. When you’re bottle-feeding, you know exactly how much food the baby is eating, and Mom may be less tired because Dad has no excuse to sleep through 3 a.m. feedings. “There is also absolutely no conclusive data on breast milk’s effects on brain development,” adds Petrikovsky.
worst case: “The biggest downside of not breast-feeding is that the mother misses out on some of the bonding,” says Petrikovsky. And since breast milk is specially designed to meet the nutritional needs of infants and contains antibodies that help protect them from a variety of illnesses, “babies who are breast-fed are more likely to have a stronger immune system and be sick less than formula-fed infants.”
This really pissed me off. So I wrote a letter to Real Simple and cc:ed the idiot doctor:
RE: “20 Time-Wasting Rules to Break Now”, Real Simple, August 2003
I have been a subscriber to Real Simple magazine since its inception, and I have consistently been satisfied with the quality of content. Until now.
I had to write to express my great displeasure with your decision to declare breastfeeding a waste of time in the article “20 Time-Wasting Rules to Break Now” as published in your August issue.
As an educated pregnant woman who intends to breastfeed my child, I was shocked by the outrageous, misleading, and false information included in the article.
I can only assume that Dr. Petrikovsky’s false, unscientific claims are an attempt to mollify women who feel guilty for choosing not to breastfeed their children, despite the documented benefits.
Shame on you, Real Simple, for not speaking to a real authority on the subject, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, La Leche League, or the World Health Organization.
I will not be renewing my subscription to Real Simple magazine.
I wondered how many doctors they had to call in order to find one that would actually say that breast milk isn’t any different from formula… then I found out that Petrikovsky received a Traveling Fellowship from Bristol-Myers, Squibble/Mead Johnson.
Mead Johnson are the makers of Enfamil and other baby formulas. Surprise, surprise.
My good deed for the lactating (and lactating-to-be) is now complete. If you’re interested in joining the fray, check out the information at Mothering.com