Breast-feeding mothers still need support.

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Registered: 07-11-2006
Breast-feeding mothers still need support.
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Thu, 03-28-2013 - 10:12am

Americans Support Breast-Feeding, as Long as It's 'Free'

February 28, 2013 By KJ DELL'ANTONIA

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Much of the narrative around breast-feeding of late is about the “backlash.” In one segment of society, breast-feeding is seen as nearly ubiquitous — so ubiquitous that to do anything else, no matter the reason, is to court disapproval and even condemnation. When you read an article on the necessity of defending that choice (like those from Marie C. Baca, writing here and Chris Kornelis, writing for The Atlantic), you might think that only the fearless formula feeder needs support, while the triumphant nursing mother, saluted by the phrase “breast is best,” revels in the security of a job well done.

You would be wrong.

Another snip-it:

And then there’s the question that wasn’t asked: if 72 percent of you agree or strongly agree that “all babies should be breast-fed exclusively for a minimum of six months as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics,” then wouldn’t it be “very helpful” if the mothers of those babies could all take at least some paid time off to do just that?

Who thinks many of those respondents would have put their money where their mouth is, even in responding to a survey?

It’s time to ask. We don’t, as a society, put our money on breast-feeding.


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Registered: 03-16-2010
Thu, 03-28-2013 - 3:44pm

I read that when it was posted, and I liked it quite a bit. 

The problem is that what we have now is lots of so-called "support," in the form of people telling women why breastfeeding is important and discouraging formula feeding. 

The advantage of the current approach is that it's cheap and easy, whereas other forms of support--increasing maternity leave, educating doctors about breastfeeding mechanics, requiring pumping accomodations at work, hiring hospital lactation consultants, etc.-- cost money. 

The disadvantages of the current approach are that it (1) doesn't do much to help women actually breastfeed over the long term, and (2) it does really good job of encouraging a backlash by formula feeders.

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Registered: 07-11-2006
Thu, 03-28-2013 - 8:14pm

"Telling women why breastfeeding is important and discouraging formula feeding" is an unusual definition of "support". I'm not sure that I would call it support without some context.

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Registered: 05-20-2008
Wed, 04-10-2013 - 12:40pm

Telling women why breastfeeding is important and discouraging formula feeding" is an unusual definition of "support". I'm not sure that I would call it support without some context.

That to me is promotion of BF'ing not support. Support would be providing info, help, accomodations, and such to actually help moms take the BF is importing and actually put it into practice by exclusively BF'ing for at least six months.

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