Does debating BF/FF send wrong messages?
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|Tue, 08-31-2010 - 4:13pm|
I was just reading a blog post "Just Say No to Wars Over Breastfeeding" http://thefeministbreeder.com/just-say-no-to-wars-over-breastfeeding/ and it got me thinking about our debate.
Some quotes jumped out at me:
=> Breastfeeding – and mothers – deserve far more respect on such an important topic. We can all argue on ParentDish over Jon & Kate drama, or whether texting at the playground makes you a disengaged parent, but serious public health issues like breastfeeding and reproductive rights deserve more than trite bickering.
=> I would encourage us all to shift the focus off of the cyclical “Breast vs Formula” debate, and start talking about the real issues. Says Amie Newman at RH Reality Check,
“work towards equality and justice and we’ll allow women to make decisions they feel are right for themselves.”
=> That’s what we need to be discussing now. Issues of “guilt” are just a straw man argument that distract women from the real barriers to breastfeeding. Creating a soap opera out of this issue is like pulling the fire alarm so someone can loot the building.
And from the comments:
=> “The trumped-up phenomenon dubbed the ‘Mommy Wars’ is an effective check on the ambitions of the American mother. It keeps women in a perpetual state of guilt, shame, and inadequacy– all this without involving anyone but wealthy white women! Complaining about what women ‘should’ do avoids serious debate about the consequences of economic inequality.”
=> I’m sick of the “debate” being scientific evidence vs. mothers’ feelings (aka guilt over not breast-feeding); that isn’t a debate.
=> In the end though, I think you’re right that it’s not even really a debatable issue, it’s about informing and empowering women.
What do you think?