Stop calling breastfeeding the “natural” way for women to feed babies.
That’s the mind-boggling advice from an American Academy of Pediatrics study entitled “Unintended Consequences of Invoking the ‘Natural’ in Breastfeeding Promotion."
The authors of the study first contend that promoting breastfeeding as the “natural” approach as opposed to formula feeding makes people think that breastfeeding is the healthier, safer option simply because it’s natural.
They warn that type of mentality is what feeds criticism of childhood vaccinations and that promoting breastfeeding will somehow increase resistance to vaccines.
But the authors’ true liberal roots are exposed when they argue that promoting breastfeeding as natural “may inadvertently endorse a controversial set of values about family life and gender roles, which would be ethically inappropriate.”
In other words, they’re warning that associating safe and healthy feeding of an infant with breastfeeding connects the feeding of babies with women, which promotes that idea “that women should be the primary caretakers of children.”
And that, apparently, is bad.
Co-author Anne Barnhill is a PhD with the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy. Co-author Jessica Martucci is a fellow in the same department.
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