Message to 'militant lactivists': Not all want to breastfeed. Get over it!

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Message to 'militant lactivists': Not all want to breastfeed. Get over it!
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Wed, 01-11-2012 - 3:18pm
Message to 'militant lactivists': Not all mums want to breastfeed. Get over it

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006

That is because it is virtually against the law –

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006

Done. Yawnburger side of fries.

Blah-blah guilt....blah-blah breast is best...blah-blah....polite....

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008

I find this quite ironice. Parenting magazines for instance, carry quite a bit of adverticing from formula companies, and manufaturers of bottles, teats, sterilisers etc.

I have found when I read or glance at a lot of articles on feeding, that even info about breastfeeding is certainly not militant, often very mildly worded. More of the '... but formula is OK' tenor.

I am not sure where any law about this breassstfededing publicity is written.

Teresa

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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-27-2003

Interesting response, especially the postscript - I am not usually the conspiracy theory kind of girl, but this rant smells of vested interest (or why would a guy get so enraged...)

http://www.analyticalarmadillo.co.uk/2012/01/reply-to-brendan-oneills-message-to.html

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-20-2008

From article Message to 'militant lactivists': Not all want to breastfeed. Get over it!:

It is a testament to the wiliness of the breastfeeding lobby that even research which discovers that there are benefits to bottle-feeding must nonetheless be spun in “breast is best” lingo. According to a Medical Research Council team, which interviewed 300 mums on the temperaments of their babies, breastfed babies are often “more cranky” than bottle-fed ones. Possibly as a result of overfeeding, which can have an inevitably pacifying effect, bottle-fed babies tend to be “more content” than their breastfed counterparts. And yet, what conclusion does the MRC team reach, alongside every media outlet that has reported this story? That “breast is still best”.

This is because, health-wise, breast is still best and whether this women or anyone else wants to BF or not does not change that nor does any issue with BF babies temperament outweigh the health benefits.

That is because it is virtually against the law – certainly the unwritten laws of polite society – to say anything critical about breastfeeding or positive about bottle-feeding. As a result of intense campaigning by self-styled “militant lactivists”, or “the breastapo”, as some of their female critics call them, the message that “breast is best” has became a godly diktat in recent years, which you challenge at your peril. …

It is not "virtually against the law" to say anything negative about BF'ing or positive about formula. The fact that is that BF'ing has been proven to be better health-wise then formula and that is why medical experts don't mention negative aspects of BF'ing or positive aspects of formula. There are however many parenting experts, bloggers, opinion piece writers such as the author of this piece, that write talk about the negatives of BF'ing or the positives of FF'ing so it's a bunch of bull to claim you can't speak negatively about BF'ing or positively about formula. I get the impression that he would be OK with a law requiring medical experts and the media to include negative about BF'ing and positives about formula when writing on the subject.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-20-2008
If you all read the blog post linked to by Catherina above, you find that apparently the author of this article, Brendan O'Neill, has ties to the formula companies as he has worked as a PR man for them in the past.

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