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Government Interest in Breastfeeding Propaganda

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The biggest unethical lie of breastfeeding propaganda movement is about money. Money is a burning issue for women everywhere, including rich countries in the West. The act of becoming a mother makes a woman more likely to be poor in old age. Add breastfeeding-nursing to the mix and the certainty of losing income both while nursing and long-term increases exponentially.

Ann Crittenden writes:

Mothers are routinely marginalized on the job. Mothers who can’t or won’t work long hours can be shunted aside, denied promotions, eased out of jobs, and even fired. This situation means that the average college-educated woman will lose more than a million dollars in lifetime income if she has just one child. 

The great majority of married mothers become economically dependent on their husbands but family law does not grant them financial equality in marriage, or recognize marriage as an equal economic partnership. So-called family income in fact belongs solely to “he who earns it.” This means that most mothers who divorce suffer a dramatic drop in income and standard of living, far greater than the loss suffered by most fathers. Even property is not divided equally in most states, if there is significant property to divide.

The social safety net does not protect divorced or single mothers from poverty. Those who do unpaid work at home are officially “not in the labor force.” Unless a mother is employed full-time she is not eligible for first class social insurance. A mother earns a zero toward her Social Security for every year she works at home. She is not eligible for unemployment insurance if she works part-time or at home; and she is not eligible for disability insurance; ie: workman’s compensation. The government leaves her economic contribution out of the GDP. If child care is paid, it is classified as “unskilled,” a decision that explains why there is such a shortage of trained nannies in the U.S. — as unskilled workers, they can’t enter the country legally.

This treatment of those who care for children is justified on the grounds that it is women’s “choice.”

Then we see the following breastfeeding propaganda piece and wonder.

Breastfeeding USA money saving for government

What do you have to wonder about when reading statements about breastfeeding like the one above? Let’s analyze. Answer the questions based on the statement from a mother-to-mother counselling organization Breastfeeding USA – “If 90% of US families could comply with medical recommendation to breastfeed exclusively for 6 months, the United States would save $13 billion per year and prevent an excess 911 deaths, nearly all of which would be infants.”

  1. Who will save $13 billion dollars per year if you comply with the medical recommendation to breastfeed exclusively for 6 months?
  2. Who bears the burden of saving $13 billion a year for the US? Who has to do the work of breastfeeding to grant $13 billion a year in savings for the US?
  3. Do women in the United States have maternity leave? If yes, how long is it?
  4. If there is maternity leave in the United States, is it paid or unpaid?
  5. If maternity leave in the United States is unpaid, where would you get money to live for six months of exclusive breastfeeding?
  6. How many mothers in the United States exclusively breastfeed for six months?
  7. Do documents that provide these statistics differentiate between breastfeeding and breastmilk feeding? Can you tell?
  8. How much money will you lose if you stay at home to exclusively breastfeed for six months? During these six months? Long-term if you factor in lost work opportunities and missed  retirement contributions with interest that they will not earn?
  9. Do companies in the United States accommodate women with children? Can you come to work with your child?
  10. When you read “if families could COMPLY with medical recommendation”, what do you think of the role of medicine towards you? Towards government? What is the implication of compliance? Do you have the power to command the government to comply? Based on this sentence do medical recommendations guard your interests or government interests?
  11. Does US government reward you for “saving $13 billion”? If yes, how?
  12. As far as savings go, where would the savings come from? Who will the government stop paying to save $13 billion? Is it beneficial for the economy?
  13. Do formula companies save money or produce products and generate income? Is it beneficial for the economy?
  14. Do you see a problem between your effort and work “saving money” while formula industry “produces and generates products and money”?
  15. Have you ever thought of breastfeeding as a productive wealth and well-being generating activity? Has anybody ever told you that? If yes, who and when?
  16. When the sentence says that the US will save money, what is the benchmark, what is default state of things? Breastfeeding or formula feeding?
  17. If breastfeeding were the norm, how would you re-write the sentence? Would your say breastfeeding saved money or milk feeding increased the US expenditures by $13 billion?
  18. Having contemplated all the questions above, is the statement from Breastfeeding USA written with your maternal interests in mind or governmental interests protected by medicine?
  19. Why does mother-to-mother support organization promote statements like this?
  20. Does this statement have to be directed at women or at the US government?
  21. How do you feel about saving money for everybody and being poor yourself?

 

 

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Written by Medical Nemesis

April 3, 2016 at 09:10

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  1. Breastfeeding organizations like many other organizations have embraced social marketing (once called propaganda). Propaganda works well until people realize it is propaganda (social marketing). I have seen this statement or similar statements phrased a little differently, “If 90% of US families could comply with medical recommendations to breastfeed exclusively for 6 months, the United States would save $13 billion per year..” in research papers and in human milk component patents. Thank you Natalie for pointing this out because I didn’t recognize the oddity of the statement until I read your post.

    There appears to be a presumption that it takes “compliance” of a medical recommendation to move families to exclusively breastfeed. Another word for compliance is obedience. How much would this save families? Doesn’t say. The only concern appears to be that the government health care system saves money. Mothers are placed in a no win situation. This $13 billion in savings could be kicked back to families, to support women financially if they choose to stay home.

    This meme reflects the following values: obedience to medical recommendations, obedience to government, and female financial and personal sacrifice for the good of society. Social marketing/propaganda use simplistic statements regarding complex issues to sway people. Value in our society is based on the power of maleness, wealth, credentials, and employment. These values cannot create social justice and only intensify discriminatory behavior.

    Valerie W. McClain

    April 5, 2016 at 07:23

    • Dear Valerie, thank you so much bringing in your expertise on human milk patenting to the table! It is extremely important to tie all the loose strings together to see the larger picture in society and the world and how women are exploited for the benefit of big business and society at large.

      Natalie Gerbeda-Wilson

      April 14, 2016 at 13:08


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