If you haven’t heard the buzz lately, much debate and wagging of fingers is a brewing amongst mom bloggers about Hannah Rosin’s Atlantic piece “The Case Against Breastfeeding.” I have to admit I haven’t yet read the piece, and as I owe the babe and the fam (and myself) a bit more quality moments
Not to mention the fact that I’ve been entrenched in enough controversy and debate in the last couple of weeks between my post “Is It Wrong to Openly Support Breastfeeding” and my call for bloggers to speak up about affiliate marketing ethics. Have you answered my anonymous poll yet on your thoughts on online advertising? You can do so here!
So the long and short is I probably won’t get the time to delve deeply into Rosin’s self-made controversy for the next few days. However, I didn’t want to leave any of my readers in the dark about such a thrilling occurrence, so I thought I’d post a few relevant links on the issue.
- Rosin’s original anti-breastfeeding article, much discussed, is here.
- An excellent response defending breastfeeding regarding the feminist argument is on PhD In Parenting.
- It seems a highlight of Rosin’s argument centers on the idea that breastfeeding unnecessarily subjects women to taking on an unfair share of parental duties. Many breastfeeding women would contest that fact, I believe, and I am one of them. I said as much in my piece on sharing responsibilities in a happy marriage. That piece also has some excellent comments by a Todd Tyrtle, a daddy blogger I respect who, like my husband, takes on a healthy and vital role in his family dynamic.
- The outcry is so deep over Rosin’s piece that even respected medical associations are speaking out. The Feminist Breeder has chronicled them well, and includes her response regarding the damage the Rosin piece does to the advancements in health that are possible when breastfeeding rates are on the rise.
- You can also find a chronicle of the blog responses to the Atlantic piece on PhD In Parenting.
That’s right, major medical associations are actually speaking out about Rosin’s “Case Against Breastfeeding”. In case you don’t have a moment to follow those links, I’ll quote some highlights here for you:
From the American Academy of Pediatrics, quoted on The Feminist Breeder:
The evidence for the value of breastfeeding is scientific, it is strong, and it is continually being reaffirmed by new research work. The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages women to make an informed decision about feeding their infants based on scientifically established information from credible resources.
From the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine:
Clinical and basic science research supports the role of breastfeeding in the development of a baby’s immune system and the presence of maternal antibodies protect infants against infection. Artificial feeding is also associated with increased risk of common disorders of early childhood such as ear infections, asthma, skin disorders, digestive problems, and respiratory tract infections. Studies have also linked artificial feeding to increased risk for obesity, type 1 and 2 diabetes, childhood leukemia, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and necrotizing enterocolitis. Mothers benefit as well, and a history of breastfeeding has been associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and of breast and ovarian cancer.
The moral of the story? Breastfeeding is a personal choice, but it’s supported by the major medical associations as well as millions of happy breastfeeding mothers around the world. Don’t let one voice, anxiously seeking a popularized notoriety, convince you otherwise.