Originally Posted by AllyRae
I think it's unethical to take away choices. I think it's unethical to pressure women to birth where you want them to. I do not see anything unethical about making an educated decision on where to birth based on the risks and benefits. For some people, a homebirth is not a wise choice, whether it be medical risk factors or proximity to a place where emergency medical treatment could be received. When discussing ethics, it's important to understand that not everyone's situation is identical to your own. But, the ethical decision is to do the research, make the decision based on the facts, and not to allow other people's idea of "right" pressure you into doing something that isn't right for you...
Now, obviously this can be expanded to breastfeeding. YES, there are instances when breastfeeding is unethical--especially if you are on medications required for your own health that will hurt or kill your child. However, most people, when doing the research, will not find themselves in a position where the risks of breastfeeding are greater than the benefits, so choosing otherwise may be unethical. However, choosing to FF is not unethical in itself...if anyone considers ff to be unethical, it's choosing to FF when the benefits outweigh the risks. The same can hold true if someone were to consider hospital birthing unethical.
I agree with AllyRae.
I'm not against homebirth, but for myself I have chosen hospital births. I know the benefits and risks of all of the procedures that my OB/GYN might want to do on me or my child. It's called informed consent people.
I think that people who don't look at the benefits vs risks of any issue involving their health is ignorant, a fool perhaps, but immoral? That's taking it a bit too far.
Now breastfeeding... when does breastfeeding become too much to ask? Two of my three current children have food allergies, and when I breastfed my youngest, I had to cut several foods out of my diet for 18 months. I've talked to other women in similar situations who are on diets of 5 foods, for example rice, sweet potatoes, chicken, pears and apples. Can you imagine being on a diet like that for 2 years? Can such a limited diet be healthy for a breastfeeding mother for such an extended period of time? Often in situations like this, many vitamins are also off limits as they can be made from allergenic items.
Is it immoral to formula feed, using an elemental formula that the baby can tolerate, in the interest of Mom's health? I don't think so.