stop bullying mothers about breast vs bottle…

reads the headline on a comment article in today’s observer. I don’t really follow Barbra Ellen, so I don’t know whether hitting the nail on the head is something she regularly does, but it’s clear she’s done it this time. Do read the full article, but here are couple of particularly shiny gems…

Let’s call them the Breastfeeding Mafia – those who your tits will obey! They are all over this report on weaning, as if it were a different report attacking breastfeeding, acting all offended at this imagined trashing of the lactating prowess of their breasts. Outraged (damn the patriarchy!) at the undermining of this precious feminine gift – “perfect food” for our babies. And, one wonders, when did “what’s best for baby” turn into “no choice for Mummy”?

There are areas of the world where breast versus formula is a life-and-death issue – women in famine-struck areas too undernourished to produce milk; others who are better off breastfeeding, which doesn’t cost money and doesn’t need purified water. Thankfully, in the relatively cosseted west, this is not our problem, so shame on those who seek to make it one.

FYI: I won’t be reading or replying to comments on this post. So, breasties, have at it (I won’t hear you!); and the rest of you, feel free to reply on my behalf.