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Updated: 2014-08-08T05:08:54.180-05:00

 



Ah, so the problem is "guilt" and illiciting "guil...

2007-09-08T06:00:00.000-05:00

Ah, so the problem is "guilt" and illiciting "guilt"...

I thought it was the health of the children and not being influenced by formula companies that are out for profit.

Also, there is a difference between guilt and regret; and false vs real guilt. My physical, health limitations may be a cause for regret, but guilt?

There is nothing wrong with experiencing regret...we just move ahead doing the best we know to do; and using the experience as part of our maturation.



"Our government should not be in the business of c...

2007-09-02T00:44:00.000-05:00

"Our government should not be in the business of causing guilt."

Anybody that feels targeted by a public service commercial or health awareness ad is likely to feel an emotional response. The ads that do not provoke feelings are usually the least effectual.

I would certainly never want a person inhibited by their health to feel guilt for not breastfeeding, but if that is the side-effect of an advertisement that promotes awareness and change, than it is a burden we should be ready to bear. Perhaps support groups could offer help for those unable to breastfeed.

On positive side, that same guilt that is needlessly felt by someone who CANNOT breastfeed, might change the mind of the undecided mom who has NO HEALTH RESTRICTION.

If the guilt of feeding an infant asthma or diabetes causes more mothers to breastfeed, we can rest assured knowing that bettering children's health is worth this tiny price.

Breastfeeding is the matter-of-fact BEST NOURISHMENT for a child. We should all want what is best for the child, despite our own feelings.

"...the government should address atrocious maternity leaves, lack of workplace facilities for feeding and pumping, and lack of education."

Yes, I agree whole-heartedly, but it shouldn't be done instead, it should be in addition to.



I absolutely agree with you on the issue of govern...

2007-09-01T21:48:00.000-05:00

I absolutely agree with you on the issue of government lobbying. However, I find the original ads completely offensive. Unfortunately, a lot of moms fit into the category of having health or physical limitations that prevent them from breastfeeding. The guilt that we experience is extremely painful, and in a time of rising awareness of post-partum depression, it is an issue that should be taken very seriously. Our government should not be in the business of causing guilt. There are a lot of barriers to breastfeeding in our society, and the government ought to target those barriers and encourage breastfeeding. Instead of trying to terrify women into breastfeeding, the government should address atrocious maternity leaves, lack of workplace facilities for feeding and pumping, and lack of education.