Originally Posted by Sheacoby
My issue is that very few women are actually making informed choices. Do all the many many women who choose not to breastfeed really know what they are choosing? The same question can be asked about hospital births. Why do a lot of women feel safer in the hospital, why do many believe the hospital is safer? Why do so many women let doctors choose for them?
If we didn't have readily available formula would it still be ethical for women to decide not to breastfeed eventhough it would be very detrimental/deadly to their babies, would it still be a matter of choice? Is it ethical to have massed produced artificial baby food?
I agree that information should be available so everyone can make an informed choice. Is it ethical to mass produce formula? I don't know, is it ethical to mass produce junk food?
In terms of the US, I don't think it's generally so detrimental or deadly to FF. I agree that there are risks, and even if ABM wasn't mass produced and ti were more difficult for women to choose not to breastfeed it is still their body and their choice. Ideally women would want to breastfeed, there wouldn't be social stigma, past abuse, going back to work 1 week postpartum, but this is not the way the world is. Poverty prevents women from even establishing a breastfeeding relationship.
Honestly, the real ethics issue lies how we treat women in society, not what women choose to do with their bodies or how they choose to raise their children.