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

Destro8/04/2012 1:03:34 pm PDT

re: #16 ibob

As an Ob/Gyn who nursed her own children and advises patients about nursing their babies, it is not as simple as you make it sound. Nursing in our society is difficult. You have to have a private place to pump to allow a reasonable milk letdown, a decent pump, willing coworkers, supportive husband and family, and many other things for nursing to be feasible for working mothers. It is not easy for either mothers who don’t work outside the home. The last thing we need to do is give new mothers something else to feel guilty about. I try to encourage women to do what works best for them and their family- be it nursing, bottle feeding or whatever.

I had to pull back for a while when I read your statement. I have lived in Europe for so long where breastfeeding in public is no big deal that maybe what the hang up here is the American culture.

I have to keep reminding myself that as great as the USA is it is backwards in many things like this. Let’s change the culture rather than work around it?