NEWS: If Breastfeeding Were Simply a Lifestyle Choice, Anyone Could Choose It

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NEWS: If Breastfeeding Were Simply a Lifestyle Choice, Anyone Could Choose It
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Sun, 03-11-2012 - 4:39pm

...I argue that breastfeeding is NOT a “choice” rather it is simply a normal biological function that we cannot control in the moment any more than we control whether we menstruate or ovulate...

...Nobody asks women whether they have “chosen” to menstruate. Menstruation is a biological consequence of puberty. The Puberty Fairy doesn’t show up on the first day of your first period and say, “Congratulations on your new cycle! Are you planning on menstruating?”...

...Using that framework, I say that lactation and breastfeeding are a consequence of pregnancy – NOT a choice. Your body doesn’t ask you whether or not you’d like to lactate – it simply does it, and in some cases, does NOT do it, no matter how badly you want it to...

...And that’s exactly why I say that breastfeeding is most certainly not a choice. If it was a choice, then every mother who wanted to breastfeed could do it. If it was a choice, a mother would be able to make a conscious decision in the matter, and compel her body to lactate if she wanted it to...

Read more: http://thefeministbreeder.com/if-breastfeeding-were-simply-a-lifestyle-choice-anyone-could-choose-it/

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