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Orwellian Doublespeak in La Leche League USA

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Doublespeak is language that deliberately obscures, disguises, distorts, or reverses the meaning of words.  Doublespeak may take a form of fuzzing boundaries between definitions with the intent of pleasing everybody while obscuring the nature of the truth.  Doublespeak is often a political tool used by a group to advance their agenda. The term originates from George Orwell’s book Nineteen Eighty-Four, a dystopian novel that portrays a world of omnipresent government surveillance and public manipulation.

In this case it is not the government but individuals within the organization succumb to the prevailing views and attitudes in society that equate a woman nursing a child at the breast as an expression of larger mothering to a bottle with milk propped with a blanket or dispensed by anybody and everybody. The above mentioned individuals use language and appeals to inclusivity along with other warm and fuzzy ideas to change the language and thinking about what breastfeeding is.  In the process of doing so, people who equate women with containers with milk destroy what women do and the value of women mothering through breastfeeding.

A world-renowned psychologist Keren Epstein-Gilboa described the phenomenon of envy and subsequent destruction of the desirable object in her book Interaction and Relationships in Breastfeeding Families: Implications for Practice. She specifically discussed men undermining breastfeeding women as a behavior stemming from male envy of women’s ability to give life and sustain life through breastfeeding. Is this what is going on when La Leche League asserts men humanmilkfeed?


La Leche League continues to disseminate propaganda that is contradictory to its vision, mission, and in violation of its philosophy. La Leche League USA have given up on the uniqueness of “mothering through breastfeeding” idea of a complex relationship between a mother and her child. La Leche League USA uses its social networking page on Facebook to promote bottlefeeding and the use of pumps. All of the above denigrates the art, effort, work, perseverance, pain, and exhilaration of women who nurse their babies by equating a mother nursing her baby at the breast day in and day out to anybody feeding a child any kind of milk. It is also a clear violation of La Leche League’s guiding principle of non-mixing causes.

LLL Philosophy

The information provided on La Leche League website is a misrepresentation of the actions the organization is taking in 2018

Written by Medical Nemesis

June 27, 2018 at 13:02

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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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