|In the 1981 edition of THE WOMANLY ART OF BREASTFEEDING under a section called "Elective Surgery for You or Your Baby," there was mention of circumcision as well as tubal ligation. However, it was omitted in all subsequent editions because these issues were considered mixing causes. We consider circumcision to be outside the realm of our expertise in La Leche League. Other organizations can do a better job of educating parents about circumcision than LLL. (See reference list below.) Because it is not, in and of itself, a breastfeeding issue, LLLI does not take any position on it, nor does the Board of Directors plan to issue any sort of policy statement about it. We see a distinction between making published statements in LLLI publications distributed worldwide and responding to mothers' concerns in the context of informal discussions at Series Meetings.|
|For the purpose of clarity only, it is important that everyone reading understand that LLL has no position on circumcision or a host of other topics of interest to most families. We are a single issue organization and that is to provide information and support to mothers who want to breastfeed their children. While there are several issues that affect mothering through breastfeeding, LLL's goal is to provide the best evidence-based research available and allow each mother to choose what is best for her family.|
This discussion would not be allowed in an LLL meeting and I hope does not sway anyone's regard for the help that we hope all mothers would receive from LLL. I would encourage each one to visit this link on LLLI's website that shows LLL's ten philosophy statements: http://www.lalecheleague.org/philosophy.html These are the foundation of all that LLL does. Please remember that only an LLL leader speaks for LLL and as other mothers share their experiences we encourage you to consider what is best for you and only do those things"
Originally Posted by Revamp
Could they not at least suggest anaesthetic to make the former problem a little less severe or make mention of the potential problems that a circumcision might cause?
Originally Posted by eightyferrettoes
Not without pissing a lot of people off.