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A rational approach to public-health policy would accept that breastfeeding has health benefits relative to formula feeding, but that these are specific and limited, and cannot justify the effort that the health service puts into exhorting new mothers to breastfeed at all costs - particularly when the consequence seems to be a great deal of misery and anxiety on the part of mothers.
I don't get it. Who believes in "total motherhood"? Is it anything more than a strawman? Does anyone "exhort" others to breastfeed "at all costs"? Who? I've posted some extreme positions of Lactivists and there is no indication that they have any inkling about coercing people to do anything. Are there mothers out there who buy into the "total motherhood" philosophy? Are mothers who buy into the TM philosophy more likely to relish blogs such as the Fearless Formula Feeder than other mothers? Have you noticed that the media attempts to link this philosophy to breastfeeding and/or attachment parenting? If you are a breastfeeder or AP do you buy into the "Total Motherhood" philosophy? If you didn't breastfeed or are not AP does this description of other mothers resonate with you?