NEWS: Breastfeeding advocates go overboard

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NEWS: Breastfeeding advocates go overboard
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Wed, 02-29-2012 - 12:56am

Breastfeeding advocates go overboard
Carolyn Robertson
Moms on the Edge
posted: 02/28/2012, 11:49 am

When New Zealand rugby star Piri Weepu signed on to do an anti-smoking public service announcement, he couldn’t have known that he was about to land himself in the middle of a breastfeeding controversy.

To shoot the “Smoking, Not Our Future” PSA, a camera crew followed the All Blacks player around for a day, including some time spent with Piri and his daughters Keira and Taylor at their home.

“He happened to feed the 6-month-old briefly while they were there,” says Health Sponsorship Council chief executive Iain Potter. “It was a nice little poignant moment….”

That “nice little poignant moment,” though, prompted a whole lot of negative feedback from breastfeeding advocates, including the College of Midwives and La Leche League, who complained that the photo of Piri bottle-feeding his baby would do their cause “significant” damage.

Articles continues here: http://blogs.babycenter.com/mom_stories/02282012-piri-weepu-breastfeeding-advocates-go-overboard/

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Wed, 02-29-2012 - 4:34pm

Based on the comments, I'd say the headline is way off. It says Lactivists have gone "overboard", but it is clear from the ignorance of the average comments that Lactivism hasn't gone nearly far enough.

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Thu, 03-01-2012 - 3:09am
What the author and all the commentators to her article seem to miss is that the issue is not about a father being shown bottle feeding in and of itself but rather a celebrity father being shown bottle feeding. The reality is that most people will assume it is formula in the bottle not EBM (and he's confirmed it was formula) and his celebrity status will cause some to choose FF'ing over BF'ing. That is the central issue LLL had with this ad. This sports celebrity has apparently also ended up promoting the myth that a milk/dairy allergy means you have to use special hypoallergenic formula rather then mom simply eliminating dairy from diet. He made a comment in response to the criticism from BF advocates about how his baby was allergic to dairy to he had no choice but to switch to special formula except in reality his wife probably had the choice to simply take dairy from her diet.

This also seems to have touched off a debate about whether fathers needs to being involved in feeding a bottle (of EBM or formula) in order to bind with their child. I think that is a bunch of hooey since fathers bonded with their children long before formula, breast pumps, and modern bottle feeding existed. Some people are trying to claim that we BF advocates want to deny this father the right to bond with his child which is complete boloney. All we care about is that fathers don't feel that bonding with their requires that they feed a bottle form day one, possible nipple confusion be damned, or that they can't bond if the don't every give a bottle. If it really means that much to some dads to feed a bottle of EBM every so often the more power too them but they should be willing to wait 3 weeks for BF'ing to be established and not want to give bottles so often or in such a manor as to possibly impact the mother's supply.

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