It was time for this fun subject to rear its head again, wasn't it?
A new study was just released, so reporters decided to find the most FLAGRANTLY MISLEADING CONCLUSIONS to draw from it possible, so as to make the report newsworthy.
Here's CNN's report: "Study: Lack of breastfeeding costs lives, billions of dollars"
Do you know what the report actually showed? It showed that almost 1000 babies die prematurely every year in the US from preventable diseases, and that breastfeeding has been shown to decrease the risk of these diseases. (BY HOW MUCH, the report on CNN does not say.)
The babies who die prematurely cost billions of dollars.
So, the theory goes, if these 975 babies had been breastfed for the first few months of their lives, they MIGHT not have gotten sick and MIGHT not have died and then MIGHT not have cost so much money.
But of course, that's not an interesting finding. So you make it interesting by flipping stuff around and quoting out of context and making this about SCARING the bejeezus out of already terrified new mothers.
Let me restate my position on this.
I think that this country is totally and completely screwed up when it comes to the notion of pregnancy and birth and breastfeeding AND EVEN (to some extent) child-rearing, not to mention sexuality. All this kid-related stuff is vital to our perpetuation as a species -- you know, kind of basic -- and yet it's all treated as silly, fluffy, too personal, gross, weird, bleh.
And we all know: Excessive cleavage on display is perfectly awesome, but god forbid you try to use boobs for the purpose of nourishing your baby in public. Scandalous!
Blogging about raising kids is fluff, but writing a review about how fast you can play games on the iPad is Serious Business.
Where was I?
This country is LOUSY at supporting new moms in general, and moms who want to breastfeed? Forget it. Our companies don't support us, our insurance companies don't support us, and our friends/neighbors/family members who gawk at the very thought of seeing a baby on our boobs don't really support us.
Let's fight that fight. Let's change that.
Oh, but you know what? Let's not fight that fight while ALSO screaming at moms who formula feed. Just, please stop doing it. You're obfuscating the point and polarizing the issue. It should NOT be about who's doing it wrong or who's doing it better.
The real fight is in finding ways to better support moms, period.
I humbly request that you to read my first rant on this issue, called OH MY GOD WITH THE BREASTFEEDING. I think it's maybe one of my most measured rants ever.