ABOUT THE FEARLESS FORMULA FEEDER
WHO IS THE FEARLESS FORMULA FEEDER?
FFF is known in her non-internet life as Suzanne Barston. She is the author of Bottled Up: How The Way We Feed Babies Has Come to Define Motherhood, and Why It Shouldn’t (University of California Press, October 2012), and spends her professional time writing freelance articles about a variety of health- and women’s interest-related issues, and serving as an Editor and Social Media Coordinator for a parenting website. The rest of the day belongs to her two awesome (and predominately formula fed) kids, her husband (also formula fed) and her dog (fed on dog food, but that’s basically the same thing, right? Kidding.)
WHY IS SHE THE FEARLESS FORMULA FEEDER?
The name “fearless formula feeder” was born from the author’s love for alliteration. She doesn’t really consider herself fearless – in fact, she has many fears, including, but not limited to:
The cast of “Fraggle Rock”
Meat products (she’s vegan)
FFF was begun after Barston’s own struggle to breastfeed her son despite latching issues, an undiagnosed tongue tie, nerve damage in one breast, severe and sudden postpartum depression, a traumatic birth, jaundice, and a milk/soy protein intolerance which didn’t get better despite an elimination diet.
After that barrel of laughs, she became a formula feeding mom. Angry at the lack of information and support out there for parents who chose not to, or could not, breastfeed, she began researching and writing all about infant feeding.
Read an interview with the FFF here, explaining what the heck this site is about.
WHAT IS THE FEARLESS FORMULA FEEDER?
FFF 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.
What you’ll find here are posts disseminating the breastfeeding/bottle feeding studies, with a heavy emphasis on relative risk and the concept of correlation versus causation; critiques of current affairs and the articles reporting on them; a Friday feature where readers exorcise their infant feeding demons by way of a guest post; and essays on the breast vs. bottle battle. What you won’t find here are attacks on any particular parenting style; prescriptive advice on how you should raise your kids or gloating posts about how I raise mine; or anything remotely resembling “anti breastfeeding” fare. FFF supports exclusive breastfeeders just as much as it supports exclusive formula feeders – as long as you do not judge how others feed their children, you are more than welcome to frequent these pages.
WHERE IS THE FEARLESS FORMULA FEEDER?
On Facebook: Facebook.com/fearlessformulafeeder
On Twitter: @FormulaFeeder
On Email: firstname.lastname@example.org