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from humorist Nora Ephron in last weekend's New York Times:<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">I will confess a bias: I’ve never understood the religious fervor that surrounds breast-feeding. There are fanatics out there who believe you should breast-feed your child until he or she is old enough to unbutton your blouse. Their success in conning a huge number of women into believing this is one of the truly grim things about modern life. Anyway, one of the main reasons given for breast-feeding is that breast-fed children are less prone to allergies. But children today are far more allergic than they were when I was growing up, when far fewer women breast-fed their children. I mean, what is it with all these children dropping dead from sniffing a peanut? This is new, friends, it’s brand-new new, and don’t believe anyone who says otherwise. So: is it possible that breast-feeding causes allergies?</td>
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<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/13/opinion/13ephron.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=chicken+soup+chronicles&oref=slogin" target="_blank">Full article</a><br><br>
In the interests of full disclosure, I am breast-feeding children who are almost old enough to unbutton my blouse but who seem to prefer the "yank shirt up" technique.<br><br>
I wonder if instead she had written something like:<br><br>
There are fanatics out there who believe you should put your child in a car seat until he or she is 6 years old. Their success in conning a huge number of women into believing this is one of the truly grim things about modern life. Anyway, one of the main reasons given for using a car seat is that strapped in children are less prone to getting hurt. But children today are far more violent than they were when I was growing up, when far fewer women used car seats.<br><br>
if it would have been "funny".
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">In the interests of full disclosure, I am breast-feeding children who are almost old enough to unbutton my blouse but who seem to prefer the "yank shirt up" technique.</div>
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Her logic doesn't make sense...Breast feeding isn't a brand new thing, so why would it be causing brand new allergies?<br><br><br>
brain...exploding...<br><br>
eta: read the whole article, but the things she was comparing it too seemed to make more sense. xD
 

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Tessie -- I do get that. I also think if she were being tongue in cheek about how dreadful it is to bully people into using a car seat (to use my earlier example) it wouldn't be acceptable in the way that complaining about extended breastfeeding is acceptable.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Tessie -- I do get that. I also think if she were being tongue in cheek about how dreadful it is to bully people into using a car seat (to use my earlier example) it wouldn't be acceptable in the way that complaining about extended breastfeeding is acceptable.</div>
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I get that in your opinion it isn't acceptable, however I think the paragraph on breastfeeding should be taken in context. I also realise that she admits that she doesn't like the lactivist message regarding extended breastfeeding - but I kind of agree with her in a way. Breast <i>is</i> best, but I do sometimes think that the lactivist message would be better understood if it was a little gentler, a little more supportive, rather than the proclamation that if you don't breastfeed until your child is at school you're a baaaaaaaad mother. (Not saying anyone here is guilty of this but I've certainly encountered this in the past.)
 

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my ds could unbutton my buttons at 5mths old....... should i have weaned him then because he was to smart?<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">:
 

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yeah, this chapped by a$$! But while the whole article is an example of a certain kind of logical fallacy and did seem tongue-in-cheek, I hate to see this same totally freakin' bogus anti-bf message anywhere - let alone on the ed page of my New York Times!
 

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Yeah that's HI-larious.<br><br><br>
NOT.<br><br>
Seriously we get enough of this baloney from everyone around us. Numerous studies have PROVEN breastfeeding has many benefits, besides lowering *risk* of allergies, why keep harassing people who want those benefits?<br><br>
And another thing, back when there weren't as many "kill-me-dead" allergies, they weren't jabbing needles into newborns as soon as they cleared the perineum and every 4 weeks or so after that for a whole year. Yet you don't see satirical sarcatic commentary about THAT in the NYT do you?<br><br>
Maybe you do, I dont read the NYT regularly enough to know.<br><br>
It just seems like BF is quicker to be criticized than vaccines, and oddly enough no one is making money off BFing mothers (yes, I know the societal benefits also have economical benefits, but there's no clear "money trail" to follow with BF). But vaccines on the other hand are a cash cow for quite a lot of powerful people.
 
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