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October 12th, 2013, 11:34 PM
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Doesn't it seem like society, as a whole, is very accepting of mothers bottle feeding but not as much breastfeeding? If you see formula feeding on TV, no one complains about being offended. If you see a baby in picture book being fed a bottle, does it make anyone mad?

The same courtesy is rarely shown to breastfeeding, though. If you put breastfeeding in a TV show or in a book, you are "pushing an agenda" and that's something "children shouldn't see". Why the double standard? I know this isn't new news, but it came up when I read a review on a children's book that was bashing the book for including passing mention of breastfeeding (one line in the book).

This is the book.

Why does breastfeeding have to be hidden? Why can it never be shown or mentioned? Why do we need to protect our children from seeing breastfeeding as a natural part of life, as something that you might encounter when out and about in the world?

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October 14th, 2013, 06:51 AM
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I completely disagree with the reviewers comments but sadly, I cannot blame them. Have you read the book called Politics of Breastfeeding? It is a great book and opens your eyes to what lead our society to have these thoughts about breastfeeding. It's awful and until the United States stands up to the big formula industry, nothing will be changed to the scale it should be.
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October 14th, 2013, 09:31 AM
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Because our society is so hung up on breasts as sexual and not for their biological and normal function. I don't get it.
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October 14th, 2013, 02:27 PM
mgm78's Avatar Zoe's mom Meredith
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huge beef of mine! Not even going to click on the link, because i want to remain calm

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October 14th, 2013, 03:26 PM
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Get this, I bought a medela nipple shield from walgreens because BFing was painful. At checkout I got a Catalina coupon dispensed. What was it? $8 off enfamil formula. Wth?! Obviously I'm BFing hence the nipple shield. And again, obviously I'm struggling. So let's dangle the easy option of formula I'm front of a new tired and frustrated mother's face. Oh it pissed me off! Thankfully I have my own convictions regarding formula (I don't look down on those who use it, I would just prefer to do everything I personally can before using it) but had I been in more pain, less sleep, or completely at the end of my rope, I very well could have caved and bought some and given up on BFing for good. There will be a very strongly worded email going out to walgreens. They are a drug store and should be promoting health! What is more healthy for babies than breast milk?

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