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Updated: 2014-01-23T11:11:30.345-08:00

 



To me, the worst part is that we actually need to ...

2010-08-20T15:36:48.222-07:00

To me, the worst part is that we actually need to bring society's view of breastfeeding DOWN a notch!

Why, you ask? Because right now, it's "the Gold Standard", "optimal", the BEST". And that means that it's an extra. It's not necessary, ...(tharr be more)but it's really nice if you want to, and if you can.

Formula is seen as the norm. Breastfeeding is a step above.

In reality, as WE know, breastfeeding is the true norm, and formula is a step down (several steps, if we are getting technical...).

When breastfeeding is "optimal", there isn't a lot of incentive to make sure that mothers get support and accurate information. There isn't a good enough reason to have IBCLCs in every hospital and health unit. It's okay to have an expectation not to see moms nursing in public. There's certainly no need to nurse a toddler or young child!! Because, there is always formula to fall back on!

If we can convince our society that breastfeeding is simply what babies, toddlers, and even young children, are SUPPOSED to eat, nothing more, nothing less, then it will become inexcusable not to do everything in our power to support it and facilitate it.

I mean, if 70% of babies were living in shelters with their families at 6 months old, wouldn't there be an outcry?? But it's a roof over their head, right? I see formula the same way. Yes, they are getting nutrition. But if that's all we want for our society's children, then there is something very wrong with us.