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Breastfeeding support in the US is a sham

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The more I read about the glorified breastfeeding support, the more I witness an Orwellian state in action. Every single breastfeeding advocate and propagandist that I read has no idea what breastfeeding is or what it is to support it means. As somebody who experienced breastfeeding and knows what it is I see that there is zero support available for me. If I tried to breastfeed today, I would fail. What I see, in fact, convinces me that there is a concerted effort to eradicate breastfeeding altogether by obscuring definitions and cheering initiatives that pave the road for formula feeding. As a former breastfeeding mother I am both offended and horrified to see what the well-meaning advocates say and do. I feel that the current advocacy threatens and endangers breastfeeding. Let’s have a closer look.

  1. First and foremost, nobody out there differentiates between a woman nursing at the breast and milk feeding by bottle. There is no statistics nor any attempt in public discourse to say that milk feeding deprives two people of one the most profound, enriching, meaningful, and pleasurable experiences of a lifetime. Once we blend the definitions of nursing at the breast as a relationship and milk feeding as food we devalue women and open doors for formula substitution.
  2. Obscured definitions of breastfeeding at the breast as a relationship and milk feeding by bottle essentially takes women out of equation and ushers initiatives that support substance feeding while ignoring the needs of women who actually breastfeed.
  3. Currently, women in the US end up spending money of “breastfeeding” support that is milk management support – women pay for lactation consultants, pumps (although government pays for it now through insurance payouts to the industry), and all the associated paraphernalia; then when milk extraction cannot be sustained, women end up spending money on formula and all the healthcare cost associated with formula feeding. Big breastmilk feeding and formula feeding businesses win. Breastfeeding women lose.
  4. So far “breastfeeding” support is milk extraction, management, and distribution support that supports healthcare providers and milk extraction industry.
  5. Breastfeeding WOMEN get zero support. Their value in a breastfeeding relationship is not acknowledged. Their value in a breastfeeding relationship is hidden. Nobody talks about loss of a relationship when breastfeeding fails. No policies in the US support women who are physically present to nurse their children at the breast. Workplaces do not accommodate women who nurse at the breast. Public spaces are hostile to women who nurse at the breast. Separation of women and children is routine and acceptable without any consideration for the stress for women and children who are engaged in a breastfeeding relationship.

What is even worse – America exports their version of “breastfeeding support” all over the world via IBCLCs and other non-profits.

 

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Written by Medical Nemesis

April 14, 2016 at 13:30

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  1. /standing up to cheer

    THIS!

    Veggiewitch

    April 14, 2016 at 14:17

  2. Every time I think I figured some of this out I read your blog posts and my mind is blown again!

    Devon

    April 14, 2016 at 14:33

  3. I disagree with #1, there are absolutely risks to artificial feeding even when artificial feeding is done using human milk. I talk about that in both La Leche League and in my private practice as an ibclc, and I do keep the conversation about the solid research that demonstrates increased ear infections with artificial feeding methods using human milk. The risks are statistically significant and include tube and bottle feeding mechanisms. It’s not a shame game, either, but parents have the right to know, so that they may take other steps to mitigate that risk.

    MELINDA TOUMI

    April 15, 2016 at 09:49

    • While the mechanics of nursing at the breast are different, what do they have to do with a relational aspect of breastfeeding? Even if we do zero in on the mechanics, can we tell from the current stats how many women nurse and how many milk feed? Do we differentiate and collect info? Do our policies support one or the other more?

      Natalie Gerbeda-Wilson

      April 15, 2016 at 13:46

  4. What about LA Leche League? Mothering through breastfeeding. Read the philosophy statements

    Michelle

    April 15, 2016 at 12:18

    • I am a former LLL Leader. I know the philosophy. Yet LLLI just came out with a change that undermines breastfeeding at the breast. The bulk of current writing in lll supports milk feeding not nursing at the breast. You can dig out old info that used to support nursing at the breast but it has been replaced by ibclc driven medicalized version of “feed the baby milk”. When we look at philosophy we want to see that ACTIONS are in line with the philosophy. I’m dismayed LLL doesn’t align well with its philosophy any longer.

      Natalie Gerbeda-Wilson

      April 15, 2016 at 13:50


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