Sunday, August 7, 2016

World Breastfeeding Week

It's World Breastfeeding Week. You know how I know? Because all the apologists are out in force trying to make sure no one thinks that their support for breastfeeding is really just a thinly-veiled attack on someone who tried to breastfeed, did not breastfeed, supplemented, mixed-fed, pumped, used donor milk, etc. Support for breastfeeding is not a disguise for anything nefarious. It is not a take-down on any individual parent. It is not a commentary on parenting. That we need to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week is a commentary on cultural biases that normalize artificial-feeding, corrupt governing and regulatory bodies, appalling family leave policies, the power of BIGPharma and its marketing machine, poorly educated health professionals and a prevailing mythology that undermines parents who wish to breastfeed their babies. We need to tell the truth. Breastfeeding matters. Supporting breastfeeding matters. World Breastfeeding Week requires no apology. #normalizebreastfeeding #WBW2016 #breastfeedingmatters #holisticIBCLC #HolisticLactation