Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Breastfeeding and Government

Here's a great article about breastfeeding that was sent to me by a very sweet breastfeeding momma. It's a little long but definitely worth the read.. I especially love the references to the view of breastfeeding in colonial america, but I'm into that sort of thing.

I'm interested in thoughts... especially to the thoughts on poor versus rich eating habits. When the author writes about the history of food:

When the rich eat white bread and buy formula, the poor eat brown bread and breast-feed; then they trade places.

This reminds me of a paragraph buried in The La Leche League's The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. It says something to the effect: simply by being breastfed, an infant has the rare experience of a level playing field. Provided the mother is not grossly malnourished, every child whether born to a rich or poor mother will experience the same custom made nutrition to maximize their development.

It doesn't matter our social services platforms, bills or initiatives... we just can't beat that guarantee of socio-economic equality with legislation.

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