A Woman's Right to Choose (Not to Breastfeed) - Gayle Tzemach Lemmon - the Atlantic

Sophia778/04/2012 12:01:08 pm PDT

Destro, sorry but you’re off base here. There are attempts to shame women who don’t breastfeed whether they’re able to or not.

Putting formula in baskets isn’t going to change a mom’s mind if she wants to and is able to breastfeed.

By all means, get the facts out there about the benefits of breastfeeding. But realize, please, that most of us women aren’t stupid, and we make choices all the time, difficult choices due to our own physical limitations as well as the needs of our families. We have to consider many factors including our jobs.

Now, if you want to lobby for something, get extended maternity leave, paid maternity leave, for both parents and also a system that won’t victimize the poor lady who’s picking up the slack at work. That’s happened to me several times - I’ve covered for bosses who had babies and was happy to do so but I was doing double work at a much higher level of responsibility, sometimes for months and months, at the same rate of pay.

There are a lot of issues involved with motherhood in modern America and what we women DON’T need is more pressure, more aggravation and less choice.

And we sure as hell don’t need to be shamed, period.