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Language as a tool to medicalize breastfeeding

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Medicalization of breastfeeding is fueled by the language used to define the profession of lactation consultancy. At the dawn of the profession, La Leche League leaders, who are experienced breastfeeding mothers, were helping other mothers by sharing information and real-life experiences about breastfeeding. When the idea to professionalize breastfeeding was born, several phenomena happened: a) the profession was named after a physiological bodily process; b) action-0riented language that uses verbs got replaced with object-oriented language that uses nouns.

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This shift in language, and later in the practice of supporting women, reduced the holistic approach of  helping women within the context of women’s lives to supervision and management of a physiological process that seemingly takes place outside of women’s body’s, independently from women’s lives. This approach is not woman-friendly and has a long documented history of damage to women.

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Written by Medical Nemesis

March 10, 2013 at 14:28

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To nurse, or not to nurse: that is not a question!

Breast. No Bottle.

To nurse, or not to nurse: that is not a question!

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