Birth in the Know



When I began my doula career in the 1990s, I went to a conference where I listened to a lecture about the hazards of formula, instead of the benefits of breastmilk. Talk about flipping the script!! This was a eye opener, and pretty radical. The speaker was Dr. Jack Newman, who is a very well known Canadian doctor and lactation consultant.

Here we are, years later, and we know even more about breastmilk and formula. We know that as soon as formula is introduced to a baby, their microbiome is disrupted.  Research about the microbiome is not new, but new enough to not have become mainstream national news.

Can you imagine the headlines? 

"Save Your Baby's Microbiome: Set her up For a Healthy Gut." Choose breastmilk because formula is hazardous to your baby's health. I doubt we will see that any time soon.

If you take offense, or you feel bad or sad or angry when you read this, I am not responsible for that. Seeking truth and speaking truth is what I do. You may not agree, or like what I have to say, BUT it is not my fault for how you feel.

We have been hearing a lot about corn syrup solids. Basically it is corn syrup minus most of the water. It isn’t really that great for you in high doses.  It has been known to contribute to obesity and heart disease. So why is this ingredient 42% of this can of formula? The next ingredient is soy protein isolate. What is that?  It contains ​phytoestrogens which are known endocrine disruptors.

I know parents want to do their best. Heck, I was fed formula and I survived. I fed my older son formula for six months. So far, he has lived to turn thirty years old. Does that mean the formula is okay? It is whatever you say it is. Despite the facts, the FDA approves lots of foods that have since been found to cause cancer and all kinds of other diseases.  It isn’t always the food itself, but the fact that glyphosate is used to grow the food.  There has been quite a bit of news lately about how this weed killer causes cancer.  You can do your own research.

A lot of people will tell me that it isn’t my job to change peoples’ minds. I know I can only change my own, therefore I am not trying to change anybody’s mind. Facts don’t really matter when it comes to choices.  Beliefs drive everything.  When you are willing to challenge those beliefs, especially the ones that do not serve you in your life, a whole new world opens up.

Choosing food for your baby is really simple. You either breastfeed or you formula feed. There are no other recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics.  

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