Americans have a problem with thinking that breasts are suppose to be sexual objects. I mean there really is an obsession in our culture. I think this is why we breast feed our babies less. I also believe that the breast obsession comes from more than cultural conditioning. I believe that most of us were weaned prematurly or not put to feed at the breast at all leading to a breast obsession. It is ingrained in each of us through thousands of years of evolution to need that comfort, closness, and perfect food. In most other cultures breast is seen as food for babies. A women is never looked at funny or shunned by her peers. She is given support and lot's of it!
I think bf'ng is the most important thing I will ever do in my life and it is something no one else can do. I was raised with bf'ng in my family by my mother and aunts, so when I see a women feeding her child at the breast I just think it is natural. It is what nature intended and expected and I'm happy to see that mother listening to her inner-voice and doing what her ancestry tells her to do. Thanks Mom, Grandma, Great-Grandma and all my ancesters before them!
When I see a women put a baby bottle to her childs lips I think Poor baby and Mama. What concequences will come to the mother and babe's emotional, and physical health as a result?How could our culture and society let you both down like that? But I have hope and faith! If more women start to bf there babies, and the statistics say it is happening, then more of the next generation will also. Children are most likly to parent the way there parents modeled parenting. Eventually, it will be as it was, and how it is meant to be.
Breast is food. It is not sexual and our society will feel that and respond to it in that way.
This is just my own humble opinion.