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Not Breastfeeding? Jennifer Margulis says you should feel angry, not guilty


Thank you to Jennifer Margulis for the contribution of this excerpt from her newest blog post, Women Who Don’t Breastfeed Shouldn’t Feel Guilty, They Should Feel Angry.


I have an op-ed in today’s Newsday about New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Latch On New York Initiative.


If you haven’t heard, Bloomberg announced that, come September 3, New York City hospitals are being asked to voluntarily keep formula under lock and key, just like other medications. If nurses need it for new moms, they would have to sign it out.


Many feminists, like Slate.com’s Hanna Rosin, have been getting on their high horses about how this initiative is taking choice away from women.


They’re wrong.


We live in a country where health is a profit-driven industry. In all but three states (go Rhode Island! Go Massachusetts! And sort of start to go New York), formula manufacturers are given free reign to cozy up to hospital staff, hospital administrators, and pediatricians. Two of the three formula giants in America are among the top donors to the American Academy of Pediatrics every year. No one is naive enough to believe this is because formula makers care about infant health.


Read the rest of the post on Jennifer’s blog.


Photo credit: www.freedigitalphotos.net


 



Melanie Mayo-Laakso

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Melanie Mayo-Laakso is the Content Manager for Mothering.com. Mothering is the birthplace of natural family living and attachment parenting. We celebrate the experience of parenthood as worthy of one's best efforts and are at once fierce advocates for children and gentle supporters of parents.



Comments (3)

yay for breast feeding!
I both breast fed and bottle fed my kids and I don't feel guilty about bottle feeding.. What I AM concerned about is the mother's who bottle feed with formula that has genetically modified ingredients. Such as Similac. Please see the movie, Food Inc or Genetic Roulette. The gene's in certain foods (corn, canola oil, soy, hawaiian papaya, sugar) has been gentically mutated. GMO's are a definite danger to your baby unless you buy non-gmo formula. Jeffrey Smith is an expert on GMO's. He knows a wealth of info. responsibletechnology dot org. It is urgent you pass along this info. to other mothers. CNN even had a story on it on Monday 5/28/13.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aNUBNFsM6Y
I am hoping you new mothers unite in this effort to inform other mothers because the health of your babies is of extreme concern to me. This is a very serious issue.
There is a group in Facebook called Mother's against Monsanto you can join if you would like more info. Take just five minutes out of your day to see the above video.
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