Yesterday, 09:51 PM
I don't have the time to fully express (pardon the pun) coherently all I think about these issues but mostly I think this: the vast majority of parents, nursing or not, are doing their best for their children. We should treat them with respect. I think there is some pretty unpleasant rhetoric in some breastfeeding circles about people who formula feed and I'm not ok with that.
Thank you for sharing this article! I've never heard negative rhetoric in person in re formula feeding (the only example I think I've encountered via media was one couple featured in Breastmilk, the recent documentary), but believe it exists, as I know that negative comments are directed at breastfeeding moms too. I think all of this hubbub about mommy warring is for the most part a media creation though, and for the most part, women are not tearing each other down but are just going about our lives.
I wonder-- would you agree with the statement that breastfeeding rates are somewhat a canary in a coal mine, for health of a society? An indicator of sorts? Certainly not the only indicator, or necessarily the most important above all else, but an important indicator of family policy, structural health, etc? I'm just thinking out loud, (typing), and not sure if I think this or no... Because I suppose there are many countries with high breastfeeding rates, but that would still be places I would very much not like to live. So I wonder if I would call it a canary, but only if there were a few other...