We have received a lot of response from this post, some very positive and some extremely negative. I think this is inevitable with an emotionally charged subject.
However, instead of a debate on the phrase “fed is best” the responses seemed only concerned with debating breast milk versus formula. While I recognize my part in this, it was not my intent.
This was only meant to be a critique of a phrase and NOT formula or moms who use formula.
Perhaps I should have more strongly defended formula, but I didn’t realize it was necessary because formula is a perfectly healthy way to feed a baby and it has definitely saved lives.
I’d like to be able to be able to talk about this phrase from a less emotional standpoint. I’ve boiled my post down to a single point that does not address formula or breastmilk and that seemed to get lost before.
It comes down to semantics.
What does “fed is best” mean?
Taken at face value, is it telling moms that they should feed their baby? Since feeding isn’t optional and the term best is a superlative adjective and implies that there are adequate alternatives, this statement seems paradoxical.
I’ve been trying to listen and really understand the intended meaning of the phrase.
Lots of moms have shared what the phrase means to them, some I would agree with and others I would not.
For instance, if the phrase is intended to mean “The health and happiness of mom and baby are more important than what baby is fed” then I wholeheartedly agree.
But is that what it means? I don’t know because that is not what the actual words mean.
Why can’t we just SAY what we mean?
I’m not sure any of these catchy slogans are actually helpful for moms. We sacrifice meaning for brevity.
What does this “fed is best” mean to you?