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I taught a bf class today of 12 lovely clever smart people and NOT ONE of them knew what formula was made of

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harpsichordcarrier Sun 13-Jul-08 20:31:29

not single one of them knew that formula is made from cows milk.
in fact they looked very surprised.
and in about four weeks time about half of them will probably give some to their babies.
weird, isn't it?

beansprout Sun 13-Jul-08 20:32:19

That is odd. And not a little worrying.

sherby Sun 13-Jul-08 20:33:25


my hairdresser yesterday thought you had to heat breastmilk up because it comes out cold hmm

FrayedKnot Sun 13-Jul-08 20:33:54

What did they think it was made of?


berolina Sun 13-Jul-08 20:34:24

That is odd. What did they think it was made of?

berolina Sun 13-Jul-08 20:34:42

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maidamess Sun 13-Jul-08 20:35:20


misdee Sun 13-Jul-08 20:35:55

tbh when i had dd1 i didnt really think about what it was made from

grin maidamess

ScaryHairy Sun 13-Jul-08 20:36:25

Oh I don't know.

I didn't ever think about what formula was made of because it never occurred to me (literally not for a second) that I might not breastfeed. Maybe your class are all like me!

beansprout Sun 13-Jul-08 20:36:38

sherby - that's good!!

tiktok Sun 13-Jul-08 20:42:30

Harpsi - I have had that experience too with classes. Sometimes, a couple of them might know, at most.

serant Sun 13-Jul-08 20:49:14

I didn't even think about formula either!

Knew i was breast feeding, never thought otherwise.

harpsichordcarrier Sun 13-Jul-08 20:52:29

well they were all very sensible pragmatic types who were going to have a go at bf but they would see how it went etcetc.
they thought it was made of "chemicals" and "artificially in a lab"

harpsichordcarrier Sun 13-Jul-08 20:53:47

tiktok, actually I have never asked them before. I usually talk about how formula tends to stay in the stomch longer because it is harder to digeste because it is made of cows milk.

ilovemydog Sun 13-Jul-08 20:56:07

But the word, 'formula' sounds so lab like?

Maybe someone shoud start a campaign to call it, 'dried-cows-milk-with-sugar-and-other-stuff...'

littlepinkpixie Sun 13-Jul-08 20:56:59

I know some very educated people who insist that formula cant be made of cows milk because babies cant have dairy food when they are that young.

tiktok Sun 13-Jul-08 20:57:23

Harpsi, I have started to ask them in the past couple of years or so. I think it's evidence of the way formula has been marketed over the years, to be honest.

unknownrebelbang Sun 13-Jul-08 20:58:00

TBH, when I had my babies, I didn't give it much thought.

NotQuiteCockney Sun 13-Jul-08 20:59:06

Back home, people call it 'baby milk'. angry So ... what does that make breast milk?

It's funny, the idea of it being made in a lab is so much more palatable than the truth, that it's made in a factory.

zippitippitoes Sun 13-Jul-08 21:00:07

how bizarre what else would it be made from

nooka Sun 13-Jul-08 21:01:11

Weird! I thought you were asking what all the additives were, which I would struggle with (beyond sugar)

callmeovercautious Sun 13-Jul-08 21:01:35

I never considered it either until my Sister went on a BF course (she is a Nurse) and learnt about all the additives etc. She realed off a list of ingredients a mile long. That was the point when she became supportive of my extended BFing and unfortunately started regretting mixed feeding her 2.

sabire Sun 13-Jul-08 22:04:23

they thought it was made of "chemicals" and "artificially in a lab"

This is what I can't get my head around.

That we live in a society where the vast majority of people - even those people who describe themselves as 'foodies', who buy organic, artisan made cheeses from Waitrose and would never dream of giving their older children mechanically recovered chicken nuggets, think it's perfectly normal and fine to choose a highly artificial food for their babies as their soul source of sustenance for months and months and months.

I mean - ffs, aren't babies human beings? Don't they deserve real, fresh food like the rest of us?


sabire Sun 13-Jul-08 22:05:23


I meant 'sole' blush

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