These Guys Debunk Myths About Formula-Feeding Babies To Stop The Spread Of Misinformation And Judgement

No, formula does not have "autism in it."


The breastfeeding vs. formula debate feels like it's been going on since the dawn of time — well, since formula was invented, at least. Those in the breastfeeding camp often pass judgment on those who formula feed, and vice versa. 

But enough is enough. Parenting is hard as it is without all the judgement and misinformation floating around. Here to settle the score is Adam Conover of "Adam Ruins Everything."  His latest video highlights the reasons why formula is a perfectly good and safe alternative to breastfeeding. 

The video (above) shows how baby formula is a "literal lifesaver" and points out that a lot of the controversy deeming it to be bad for children is based on myths and misinformation.  

The reasons listed in the video are especially important to hear as some women are not able to breastfeed, or find it more difficult than others. But simply not wanting to breastfeed because it doesn't feel right to the parent is a good enough — after all, breastfeeding can take up to 35 hours a week, and is "like a full-time job," as noted in the video. 

And while we can all agree "breastfeeding is normal, natural, and great," and no parent should be judged by how, when, and where they want to feed their child, it's important we have all the facts straight. 

Below, are a few myths debunked in the video above.  

Myth: Formula is just a bunch of chemicals, so it must be bad for your child.

The video point out that while formula does have chemicals in it, everything else does too — including breast milk. The thing  people should be focusing on is whether the chemicals in formula are nutritionally different from breast milk. Professor and Lactivism author, Courtney Jung, explains that formula is a "nutritionally complete alternative to breast milk." Most baby formulas are cow milk protein-based, but have been modified to resemble the mother's breast milk. So, both contain whey and casein.

Myth: Baby formula negatively impacts a child's development.

Some are against baby formula because they believe it negatively impacts a child's development, or can even cause autism. The video points out that before formula was invented, many babies would have to eat soaked bread if they couldn't be breastfed. Sadly, this resulted in some dying and others becoming malnourished. Formula was what helped put a stop to it.

Jung points out in the video that any studies comparing baby formula development with breast milk development have been inconclusive. 

Myth: Breastfeeding helps mothers bond with babies more.

Some assume that babies won't bond closely with moms if they don't breastfeed because breastfeeding releases oxytocin, a chemical frequently dubbed the "love hormone." However, the chemical is released during a number of other activities as well. 

According to the The Bump, bonding also comes down to facial recognition and skin-to-skin bonding, which parents can do with or without breastfeeding.

At the end of the day, it's important to remember that no one method is necessarily the right, or more healthy, way. So long as a child is loved and getting the nutrition they need, a parent's choice should be their business, and no one else's. 

Cover image via  aywan88 I Shutterstock

(H/T: Popsugar)


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