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Medical attitude towards breastfeeding essentially equates breastmilk feeding to breastfeeding. World Health Organization document titled International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk substitutes explicitly declared its mission to protect breastmilk feeding, not breastfeeding. Had the document been appropriately named International Code of Marketing of Breastfeeding substitutes, it would be possible to include breastpumps as a regulated piece of equipment that interferes with breastfeeding.

Breastpumps are agressively promoted to the public through parenting publications, non-profit breastfeeding organizations, lactation consultants, and maternity wards and hospitals. Market-research firm Global Industry Analysts estimates the worldwide breast pump market, growing at about 4 percent a year, will reach 5.63 million units by 2015, with sales mostly in the U.S. and Europe. While there is a romantic notion among the breastfeeding and lactation support communities that breastpumps facilitate breastfeeding, in fact, as well as hostile to women attitude that women themselves prefer to pump, these devices maintain the status quo of the culture that routinely separates mothers and infants and is hostile to breastfeeding. Maternal employment, especially in the first 6 months postpartum, is associated with lack of initiation of breastfeeding as well as early discontinuation of breastfeeding. Legislation that promotes breastpump insurance coverage does little to promote breastfeeding, but goes a long way to increase profits for the breastpump industry and hospitals as well as LCs who rely on breastpump sales for their income.

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Written by Medical Nemesis

July 1, 2013 at 11:38

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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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