She compared calming tactics employed by her Mongolian peers: “At the first murmur of discord, [the mother] would lift her shirt and start waving her boobs around enthusiastically, calling out, ‘Come here, baby, look what mama’s got for you!’ Her son would look up from the toys to the bull’s-eyes of his mother’s breasts and invariably toddle over. Success rate? 100 percent.”
(Read the entire article here.) http://www.naturalchild.org/guest/ruth_kamnitzer.html
While I can hardly picture US mothers turning into groups of enthusiastic boob-wavers (it seems American females have reserved that activity for adult males instead of our babies), I like the idea that there exists a multitude of possible breastfeeding relationships, and we might not be wise to judge which approach is right too quickly.
But I’d love to hear others weigh in – is there some sort of harm caused by extended breastfeeding, or is it just harm caused by not adhering to what’s normal in our society? And if it’s the latter, do those in support of a breastfeeding culture even have a responsibility to suffer through the growing pains of re-initiating breastfeeding into a society that has forgotten how to incorporate it?
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