Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Rant #227: Milking It For Everything It's Worth

Recent findings that feeding newborns with breast milk is even more beneficial than once thought is sure to fuel this continuous debate on both sides of the ... er, breast.

It has now been determined that breast feeding wards off or lessens numerous ailments in children, including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). It can even be a lifesaver for some children.

I know that this gives different organizations additional fuel for the fire when they command new mothers to breastfeed their children, but it also puts women in a precarious position.

With lifestyles the way they are today, I think it is more and more difficult for a women to decide whether she wants to breatfeed her new child or not, whether it is said to be better for them or not.

Breastfeeding is oftentimes awkward, although behind the scenes preparations can make it easier. A child doesn't always have to be at a women's breast to be fed breastmilk, as it can be pumped beforehand.

In fact, this is the way that men can participate, as pre-pumped breast milk can be fed to the child the same way as formula is, through a bottle.

However, having fathered two kids myself, I see the stigma placed on women who don't breastfeed for one reason or another.

Women are literally force fed literature on breast feeding while they are in the hospital to give birth. They are bombarded with information, and I think this bombardment makes those who choose to go another route feel as if they have let down their kids.

I think not. My kids were not breast fed, and they have done just fine. My first wife was way too sick to even attempt to do so, and my wife now tried, but couldn't do it. Not every woman is made to be a breast feeder, and those who can't--or choose not to do it--should not be ostracized for their choice.

Women have a choice, whether the proponents of breast feeding acknowledge it or not.

And for those who choose to breast feed, great, that is their right.

And for those who don't choose to breast feed, I applaud them. They have made their choice, and it suits them, and their child.

What is the big deal?

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