Blasts from the past: Best of FFF, 2009-2011

As 2011 comes to a close, I thought it might be fun to go back and revisit some posts. The FFF community tends to be rather transient… once people are out of the formula/ breastmillk era, they don’t stick around. Makes sense – there are far more pressing things to worry about in the toddler years, like potty training, tantrums, etc. And of course, there’s (unfortunately) always a new crop of stressed, isolated new moms stumbling upon this page after a failed 3am feeding….

Point being, I think there might be a lot of folks who are searching for posts on a specific issue that we’ve already covered at some point in the past 2.5 years. So, in your honor, newbies – here are some oldies but goodies you might find useful:

Dealing with formula feeding fear, guilt, and hate:

What do formula, IVF, pregnancy after 30, and working moms have in common? – Examples of other maternal “choices” which carry some degree of risk, to show that we make decisions every day which might not be the most ideal, but which work best for our individual situation.

A public health threat, of the male persuasion– In response to an ongoing tirade of comments from a male lactivist, I wrote this post, comparing the “risks” of older men fathering children to formula feeding. It’s written with my tongue firmly lodged in my cheek, but I think it’s actually a good example of relative risk.

Formula is the 4th best choice and other fallacies – Some thoughts on WHO’s hierarchy of infant feeding

The Top 5 Formula Feeding Myths Debunked

A collection of the top formula-related insults and misconceptions

For those considering bottle feeding from the get-go

The Giant Misunderstanding Behind Breastfeeding Guilt– If you’re sick of people whining about how they can’t talk about breastfeeding without some formula feeder telling them they are making her feel guilty, send them this link.

….But if you DO feel guilty, check this one out: On letting go of guilt

About the FFF

Nursing old wounds: my story – The tale of Fearless Child, or, How I Became The FFF

The Big Reveal – Fearlette’s story

FFF Musings on Breastfeeding

Why we should support (positive) lactivism

Public displays of affection – nursing in public

Extended breastfeeding

Breastfeeding promotion tips from a formula feeder

Milk sharing

Random thoughts, studies, and current events

Quick thoughts on the Similac Recall – Remember Buggate 2010? Ah, memories.

WHO Code, Old Navy, and the Case of the Renegade OnesieMy opinion on WHO Code, in response to the mass freak-out over a cute little onesie.

Stress and breastfeeding failure: related or not?

Feminism and lactivism – why the two -isms have such a crappy relationship

Formula feeding and obesity: a big fat lie

The Bottlefeeder in Room 1 – a personal account of a woman who gave birth at a baby-friendly hospital, which led me to write this:
Surviving the baby friendly hospital: tips for those planning to formula feed


Formula feeding logistics

Bonding on bottles

Nipple Confused? Here’s some “supplementary” info – supplementation and the reality of nipple confusion

Bottle weaning

Night weaning

Homemade formulas: recipe for disaster or interesting alternative?

Hyping hydrolysates: All about hypoallergenic formulas

Are soy formulas safe?

Toddler formulas

Choosing the right bottle for your baby

Changing formula and nipples as your baby grows

Formula feeding and reflux

Tips for drying up breastmilk

The two-hour rule: part one and part deux – why you shouldn’t leave a bottle out longer than a few hours (I got properly schooled on this one….)

The FFF Documentary: Message in a Bottle

This was a little film I made a few years ago, attempting to give the FFF Friday voices another medium….it’s long, so it’s in three parts….
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Suzanne Barston is a blogger and author of BOTTLED UP. Fearless Formula Feeder is a blog – and community – dedicated to infant feeding choice, and committed to providing non-judgmental support for all new parents. It exists to protect women from misleading or misrepresented “facts”; essentialist ideals about what mothers should think, feel, or do; government and health authorities who form policy statements based on ambivalent research; and the insidious beast known as Internetus Trolliamus, Mommy Blog Varietal.

Suzanne Barston – who has written posts on Fearless Formula Feeder.


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One thought on “Blasts from the past: Best of FFF, 2009-2011

  1. Great stuff. And it seems like the same three faulty arguments always coming back up to insist that telling your story is tantamount to bashing those who BF. Sigh. Kind of like evangelicals going on about the librulmedia and secularhumanistculturalelite undermining their children's faith by daring to suggest another way of living is OK.

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