Is Breastfeeding the New Vacuum Cleaner?

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the case against breastfeeding, breastfeeding not healthy

Is breastfeeding our generation's
vacuum cleaner?

"In certain overachieving circles, breastfeeding is no longer a choice—it's a no-exceptions requirement, the ultimate badge of responsible parenting. Yet the actual health benefits of breastfeeding are surprisingly thin, far thinner than most popular literature indicates. Is breastfeeding right for every family? Or is it this generation's vacuum cleaner—an instrument of misery that mostly just keeps women down?"

This is from "The Case Against Breastfeeding," an article by Hanna Rosin in the current issue of The Atlantic magazine. Hanna is certainly not against breastfeeding—she has three children, all of whom she has breastfed.But she does have a few choice words for La Leche League.

The article is well researched and well thought out. I don't agree with it all, but I highly recommend you read it and would love to hear what you think in the comments below.

Here's a bit I found interesting:

"The debate about breast-feeding takes place without any reference to its actual context in women’s lives. Breastfeeding exclusively is not like taking a prenatal vitamin. It is a serious time commitment that pretty much guarantees that you will not work in any meaningful way. Let’s say a baby feeds seven times a day and then a couple more times at night. That’s nine times for about a half hour each, which adds up to more than half of a working day, every day, for at least six months. This is why, when people say that breast-feeding is 'free,' I want to hit them with a two-by-four. It’s only free if a woman’s time is worth nothing."

What do you think? Does breastfeeding keep women down?



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momto... momtokrjp

I breastfed 4 children for a minimum of a year each - and was working full-time with the first two.  Breastfeeding didn't "hold me down", but the people I worked for tried to keep me from pumping.  I fought for my rights and ended up with an empty office to pump in.  It's people that hold you down, not doing something that is right for your child.  And this woman who wrote this article needs to do a little more research.  There are many benefits for you and your child when you breastfeed - one of which is a decreased chance of developing breast cancer.  She's a part of this "fight" between breastfeeding and bottlefeeding mothers.  Why not just do what you want and keep it to yourself rather than writing about how breastfeeding "holds you down".  Motherhood is a full-time job, get used to it.

yobab... yobabywazup

LOVE my BABY! LOVE Breastfeeding! Love using my Boobies for their intended purposes!!! Nourishing my LO and some frisky stuff too ;)

Another Lame article..... Unless u prop a baby which is unhealthy your still holding you LO to feed! What about all the time you waste shopping for formula and the time you waste to prep and heat the formula. Sheeeez if you don't support breast feeding keep it to your self! Babies need the Boob!!!!

yobab... yobabywazup

@maturingmommy... Hun you brought a tear to my eye! Sooooo sweet the way you describe caring and nursing your LO. I feel so bad for moms that think FF is better. They just don't have a clue as to how amazing Nursing your child is. For both baby and mom. You should write your comment in you LOs baby book its Very sweet!

Elvy Golden-Brown

"It is a serious time commitment that pretty much guarantees that you will not work in any meaningful way. This is why, when people say that breast-feeding is 'free,' I want to hit them with a two-by-four. It’s only free if a woman’s time is worth nothing."

LOL utter crap, glad I didn't read this article before I combined working and breastfeeding. I might have though that it would be impossible, when it was actually easy as pie. Multitasking...women have done it from day dot, stop trotting out the hoary old tripe about breastfeeding holding us down. It's society not recognising the value and importance of breastfeeding that holds us down. Let me tell you, nursing a baby in a sling takes nothing, I can cook, clean, answer phones, attend to clients, use the computer...it's all cake. Bottle feeding a baby requires at LEAST one hand to be occupied (unless you prop or until the baby holds it themself). Wish people would stop grasping for reasons to shun breastfeeding, just say you don't like it and leave it at that. Don't try and swing people around to your point of view.

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