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“Oh, but I don’t medicalize breastfeeding”

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If I had a dollar for every time I heard this phrase from IBCLCs, I would be a very rich woman. I am yet to come across a lactation professional who would actually pay attention to the concerns about the effect of medical treatment of breastfeeding on women, children, and breastfeeding itself. What I hear is a desire to protect and strengthen the profession without much regard to what ordinary women think about it.

What is particularly perplexing is that part of IBCLC training is ability to apply active listening and counseling skills when talking with women. In my experience, this vital part of a conversation gets pruned when lay counselors professionalize. Apart from inability to listen, which is a hallmark of any medical professional, what becomes apparent is a disturbing lack of general education in the fields of sociology, anthropology, women’s studies, and history to understand how making ordinary parts of women’s lives medical affected women throughout even most recent history.

See if you can answer the following questions to know if you can say with a degree of certainty that you don’t medicalize breastfeeding.

  • Can you define the term medicalization? What is it?
  • What parts of women’s lives have been medicalized in the 20th century?
  • What was the effect of each area of women’s lives that was medicalized on women?
  • What is medicalization of infant feeding?
  • What is medicalization of breastfeeding?
  • What drives the process of medicalization? Who are the agents of medicalization?
  • Can you describe the process of medicalization of breastfeeding? What are the parts of the process?
  • Can you name concrete examples of medicalization of breastfeeding?
  • Do you know any books that discuss medicalization of women’s experiences?

Written by Medical Nemesis

October 22, 2015 at 11:08

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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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