The biggest misconception people have about formula milk is that it’s a redundant invention. This stems from the “fact” that only 1% to 5% of women can’t breastfeed. This creates a feeling of alienation as many young mothers who experience lactation failure think that they’re not good enough to be mothers.
While the statement is extremely well-known, very little is known about the original study that it’s based on. This is why we’ve decided to shine some light on the matter and explain once and for all why this statement is flawed.
– The Original 1990 Study:
Let’s start with the basics; the original study was conducted in the 1990’s. The study was conducted over a sample size of 319 expecting mothers – nearly all of them were white, middle class, and were highly motivated to breastfeed their children. So, right off the bat, we can see that the sample size wasn’t very extensive (or diverse for that matter).
Furthermore, the co-author of the medical research herself (Marianne Neifert for those of you who are interested) herself said that you cannot attach a number to the percentage of mothers who can’t lactate.
– Why Can’t Some Women Breastfeed?
Now that we know that there are problems with the original study, it’s time to look at factors which prevent mothers from lactating. By far the most common cause of the low or negligible breast milk is Insufficient Glandular Tissue (IGT).
That being said, IGT isn’t the only cause of low breast milk as there are countless reasons why some women can’t lactate. Ranging from insulin resistance and thyroid disorders to retained placenta and hormonal disasters, there are tens of causes that prevent women from breastfeeding.
– The Final Verdict:
In a nutshell, the original statistic claiming “Only 1-5% Women Can’t Breastfeed Their Babies” is incredibly flawed. Furthermore, lactation failure is incredibly difficult to narrow down as there are countless contributors to this condition.
More importantly, women who can’t breastfeed should never be stigmatized for a medical condition that’s clearly beyond their help. We need to abandon the problematic mindset that it’s a mother’s fault (either because of life choices or because of the food she eats) that she can’t breast feed her infant.
– An Alternative to Breastfeeding:
Thankfully, young and expecting mothers have nothing to worry about if they can’t breastfeed their children as there are countless formula milk that serve as adequate replacements to breast milk.
If you don’t know which baby formula to buy for your infant, why not try GWC Baby Formula? Our product is specially engineered to give your baby the nutrients and the minerals it needs to develop a healthier immune system and be healthier.