You probably believe that women have breasts for a reason and that that reason is so that they can nurture their children as nature intended and is the norm for all mammals.
You would be wrong.
At least, according to a pair of female academicians. A recent edition of the journal Pediatrics contained an article written by Jessica Martucci of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and Anne Barnhill of Johns Hopkins University. They wrote, “We are concerned about breastfeeding promotion that praises breastfeeding as the ‘natural’ way to feed infants. Promoting breastfeeding as ‘natural’ may be ethically problematic, and, even more troublingly, it may bolster this belief that ‘natural’ approaches are presumptively healthier."
I confess I thought breastfeeding was “natural” in the same way that breeding or breathing is “natural.” In fact, I thought females of many species had breasts specifically so they could nourish their offspring. I thought the science was settled. Silly me.
Martucci and Barnhill “explained” that in the 1950s and 1960s, some women sought to promote breastfeeding in the wake of advances in artificial baby formulas — an action that the researchers find “ethically problematic” because it may “support biologically deterministic arguments about the roles of men and women in the family.” You know, like women should be the ones to breastfeed the children that came out of their wombs. Is supporting “natural” childbirth “ethically problematic” too? The nutty professors claim that those who suggest there are any “natural” roles for males and females or any norms of family life or organization possess a “controversial set of values.”
Martucci and Barnhill also purport to be concerned that such rhetoric “may ultimately challenge public health’s aims in other contexts, particularly childhood vaccination.” Huh?
The times, they are a changin’, and quicker and quicker at that. As recently as 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics reaffirmed its stance that “breastfeeding and human milk are the normative standards for infant feeding and nutrition.” The AAP added, “Given the documented short- and long-term medical and neurodevelopmental advantages of breastfeeding, infant nutrition should be considered a public health issue and not only a lifestyle choice.”
That is, like, so 2012! We know better now. Screw the children! What really matters is that we don’t offend transgender “women” or arbitrarily confine real women to a life of mammary exploitation! And, anyway, dad, mom, mad, dom…it’s all the same.
The important thing is that we continue to deny reality at all costs. What could be more “woke” than that?
Talk about “Deniers!” Claiming that breastfeeding is not necessarily natural or women-specific is bizarre, anti-science, and…anti-woman. How have less than 1% of the population been afforded this much power?
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