Such a great post by Jessica on breastfeeding supremacists. Breastfeeding is great — and the corporate push for formula-feeding, without any regard for women’s health, is totally and entirely fucked up and unconscionable. But not all women are able to breastfeed, and new moms have a lot to balance. Yes, breastfeeding should be promoted and taught, and there should be resources in hospitals and communities to assist women. But also, pregnant women and new moms are criticized for basically everything they do, from drinking coffee to eating a bite of fish to using the wrong kind of stroller (and women who aren’t white and aren’t wealthy are criticized a whole lot more). Breastfeeding is time-consuming and can be physically painful and difficult for a lot of women; it can be nearly impossible to balance with all of life’s other demands. So maybe lay off the comparisons to smoking or feeding your kid a bottle full of Big Macs?
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