3.16.2009

The Case Agains Breast Feeding


I always like provocative!

Tell me what you think, and PLEASE be respectful.

5 comments:

Brenna said...

Even though I try, TRY not to begrudge anyone who doesn't/can't do BF and consciously avoid putting pressure on expectant friends (and do tend to think La Leche might want to back up on the pressure) I do find myself feeling disappointed and even self-righteous if I think someone hasn't given it a fair shake or stopped too early. That said, the article's arguments make a lot of sense, esp. the part about BF being "free". It gives me a new perspective on formula feeding. I recognize that not everyone has an easy go of BF, and don't take for granted that for the most part, we did. I love that I've been able to nourish Anna this way and miss it now that she's weaning herself. I also had the luxury of working from home, and I absolutely realize what a strain and huge amount of work it is keeping up BF with an office/field job. The article helped me see both sides more clearly for sure in arguments and information I hadn't considered as she laid them out.

Anonymous said...

I've been reading your blog since a friend sent me the link this summer. I was moved by your post as I have been fortunate (more than I realized) to be able to breast feed my little girls. I read this article yesterday and immediately thought of you and your previous post. It's so important to hear different perspectives. Thank you for sharing.

Kendra said...

Good article Amanda, thanks for sharing. I wasn't able to breastfeed and it kind of sucked. Big time at first and then not so much. My milk never came in for whatever reason despite long tedious pumping sessions and painful nursing exploits. I was one of those ladies determined to breastfeed b/c everyone can right?..WRONG!!! You should of heard the local le leche women trying to figure me out and think of what could be 'wrong' with me. I nursed my son occasionally up until he turned 3 weeks old bc for some reason I had to keep trying. Until the day my husband took me aside and said, "it's ok to stop, he will be ok"...and I did and he was.

eksnewyork said...

I guess I really don't understand why it upsets other women so much if a woman chooses to breastfeed or not. I'm not sure what that's about. There doesn't seem to be a single other parenting decision that women are as judgmental about. It's interesting because many of these women are pro-choice and so I wonder - if it's really "our" body to do with what we want then why can't we decide not to breastfeed without first torturing ourselves?

Tena said...

The tone of this article made me a bit sad. Maybe I am in the minority, but I get more weird looks when I mention that I am still bfing my 15 month old. I don't say anything rude or cold to people who say they use formula, but the dirty looks I have gotten for nursing in public speak volumes to me. I understand that not everyone can/chooses to breastfeed, but does that mean that breastfeeding should not be promoted or supported? I don't think so. I don't think that we should knock any way of feeding a baby, as long as that way is nutritionally sound.