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Medicalization of breastfeeding as cancer

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Medicalization of breastfeeding is like cancer that spreads and multiplies without control. Historically breastfeeding support has been a women’s sphere. Breastfeeding support took place in families and communities free of government or professional control. Breastfeeding has been a family matter.  As civilization progressed to 20th century, breastfeeding, especially breastmilk harvesting, became the focus of professional medical establishment that maintains larger societal, business, and government interests. While there at times medical, business, and government interests can intersect with women’s interests, this is often not the case.

Today we see numerous examples where women’s interests and government and medicine interests do not coincide. Women breastfeed, while government and medicine promote breastmilk harvesting friendly policies that benefit big business, not women. Women organize access to donor milk, while governments and medical authorities spread fear of women’s milk and establish policies that attempt to gain control and power at who can the right to share breastmilk and who cannot. Breastfeeding advocates of yesteryear born out of women’s movement turn into the advocates of medicinal fear and authority.

Highjacking of independent volunteers into professional sphere and enmeshing of women who serve both as supposedly independent breastfeeding helpers and professional and governmental bodies allows to hide the erosion of autonomy and undermining of women’s authority in breastfeeding matters.  It is precisely these women who inject authoritative medical language into everyday language of women, implant the biomedical view of breastfeeding  around the world stripping breastfeeding of the richness of meaning for each woman and narrowing it to the context of cells, immunities and nutrients.

For women’s benefit breastfeeding support must remain in the sphere of women autonomous from business, medicine, and government control.


Written by Medical Nemesis

May 11, 2013 at 12:36

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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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