It seems crazy to me that we as a nation do not encourage more mothers to breastfeed their children. We have allowed the infant milk produces to make us believe (largely) that their product is the only option. We have also ostracised feeding mothers from public places, so that it is only really a confident breastfeeding mother (or a defiant one) who is going to breastfeed in a public place.
I know a lot of blokes don’t like it becuase of the sexualisation of the breast, but that doesn’t take away from the original biological point that mothers have evolved to breastfeed their children.
Don;t get me wrong, the Infant milk producers have their place for a number of reasons, some mothers just can’t breastfeed for whatever reason, working mothers find it especially difficult. However, these shoudl be the exception, not the rule.
We have been lucky, my wife has been able to (and still is) breastfeed all of our children with few problems and the advantages are great. You do nto ahve to worry about creating formula feed, all the special sanitisation etc. and best of all, its free! In this age of austerity, that is something to bear in mind.
August is National Breastfeeding month and when you think about it we shouldn’t really have to have one should we? A friend of mine posted this video today,
You then look at the issues of how Formula milk has been abused in Third World countries and then you get into the whole Nestle boycott issue.
So, lets not stigmatize breastfeeding mothers, lets encourage them. The state should be encouraging it from birth, midwives should be incentivised to help, advertising should relate the facts better and kids education should really push the message home. Unlike some exam papers recently
I really don’t see why this is such a difficult issue, it really is ‘simples’