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How Science Obliterates Mothers

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In the last two days two news pieces hit the headlines  – messages transmitted by breastmilk with stem cells and hormones.  Yet the following news do not promise anything positive for breastfeeding women and children.


Messages in mother's milk


The implication of such research is creation of therapeutic products to be used in medicine, not policies that ensure every mother can be physically present and nurse her child.

While the breastfeeding community rejoices at the miraculous scientific discoveries, they fail to see that this research has nothing to do with breastfeeding women. The goal of human milk research is to create therapeutic products and improve upon the human milk substitutes all while obscuring the unique role of women in making milk and transmitting important information to offspring during breastfeeding.

Human milk research does not set forth any noble goals of improving lives of breastfeeding women and children. It is a medical, pharmaceutical, and commercial enterprise that exploits women and the fruit of women’s work for monetary gain of scientists, healthcare workers who handle and manage milk, and companies that use human milk or human milk research to make products.

When we examine the wording of both research and science journalism, we cannot help but notice that the words “women” or “mothers” with active verbs like “do”, “transmit” (information), “make” (antibodies or milk), or “pass” (messages) are completely absent. Milk exists in a vacuum of a laboratory seemingly divorced from mothers, their lives, and their surroundings. Not surprisingly,  we do not see women awarded any praise, social protection, or financial compensation for their contribution to society through such valuable service. We do not see any value in women’s physical presence and their unique contribution to nurturing children. What we see is the increasing effort to extract milk from women, manipulate it, and sell it for profit. We see exhilaration at laboratory research and financial compensation to scientists and commercial enterprises that successfully con women out of their milk. It is the contiunation of saga of (hu)man conquest of nature as embodied by women.

How science and medicine sees breastfeeding

Instead, we should adopt the new way of thinking and talking about women  and breastfeeding.

Women Friendly Research Wording


Written by Medical Nemesis

November 7, 2014 at 18:43

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  1. […] of the public, we will notice that breastfeeding-as-complex-system is reduced to breastmilk.  A woman is hardly given any consideration either in the process of nursing or making milk.  If aliens studied us a culture we would discover that our world is build for men-humans and the […]

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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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