For the life of me, I can't figure out why this debate is so decidedly anti-breastfeeding [everywhere outside this board].
A baby died, tragically.
The medical examiner, deputy police chief, and the local newspaper were all quick to blame breastfeeding. **sigh**
Some yahoo from a nursing school commented:
"This reinforces the necessity of following Safe Sleep recommendations. This poor mother was so exhausted that she woke to find a dead baby at her breast. What a horror! Any mother who is so tired needs to ask another family member to give expressed breast milk by bottle and let her get some sleep! Better bottle fed than dead!"
If ever there was a Formula Fascist, I think that commentator fits the mold. How much more callous and heartless can one be than to blame a individual mother for her child's death because she did not use formula. I mean really.
Breastfeeding mothers, on average, are less likely to be exhausted and less likely to have a baby lost to SIDS. This mother did right by her child by breastfeeding. Perhaps there were some unusual and unreported circumstances, but from what is reported the commenter is off base. Only someone who is unfamiliar with breastfeeding would suggest that a breastfeeding mother should act more like a bottle feeding mother and express milk to bottle feed. Expressing breastmilk can be a hassle and it is wrong to advise to all mothers.
I can't help but wonder if these rigid attitudes against breastfeeding were influenced by Wilwaukee's controversial campaign: