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Behind the TIME Cover: Most Human Societies Don't Get Our Breastfeeding Hang-Up


Health & Wellness  (tags: babies, Body-Mind-Spirit, children, diet, disease, environment, food, healthcare, illness, humans, nutrition, prevention, protection, safety, society, study )

Kit
- 944 days ago - blogs.discovermagazine.com
My son will be 3 years old next month and is still breastfeeding. In other words, he is a typical primate. However, when I tell most people about this the reactions I receive run the gamut from mild confusion to serious discomfort.



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Betsy Bee (1041)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 10:40 pm
Strange, disturbed, twisted, synthetic little world.. The NATURAL makes people uncomfortable. I wonder if these people eat vegetables....if they do, would they continue to eat vegetables after someone told them that most vegetables grow in dirt. No, better for these people to think that vegetables grow in the back room of the supermarket so they will not become malnourished.
 

Kathy Javens (104)
Friday May 25, 2012, 6:51 am
Noted. How small minded many prople are. What do they suppose mother did before bottles? I happily and proudly breastfed my son. And would have go on doing it longer, but my body was not producing enough milk.
 

Carmen S. (618)
Friday May 25, 2012, 5:37 pm
thanks Kit
 

pam w. (191)
Friday May 25, 2012, 6:18 pm
Yet ANOTHER negative effect of the fact that Americans don't travel outside our borders!

Anyone who's seen the world begins to realize our nonsensical fixation on breasts being put to work in public is just that---nonsensical.
 

Val R. (254)
Friday May 25, 2012, 6:25 pm
Is an interesting concept - I breast fed until 6 months months - her choice - not mine - had to go back to work and she didn't want breast milk from a bottle so stopped quickly - every culture is different but they need to accept where they are living and what is acceptable so the child isn't affected- too bad we cannot just go with the flow and not worry about psychological things and all -
 

Kit B. (276)
Friday May 25, 2012, 6:32 pm

It is America and so I used a shawl or poncho when in public. Still I consider this an issue best decided by the mother her circumstance and some times the doctor. My pediatrician would not see mothers that did not breast feed, others I knew would do everything possible to stop mothers from breast feeding. This article presents many points about breastfeeding that I had forgotten over the years.
 

Sarah M. (23)
Friday May 25, 2012, 11:18 pm
Breastfeeding is the best! It's great for babies and mommies alike!
 

Cate S. (7)
Saturday May 26, 2012, 5:59 am
Thanks Kit.
 

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Saturday May 26, 2012, 12:46 pm
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James E. (16)
Saturday May 26, 2012, 2:22 pm
Breast feeding, normal, natural, and healthy, and an issue in America. While breast feeding past a certain age might be an issue, I do believe it is an issue to be resolved between the mother and the child, not between the community and the mother.
 

Janet R. (34)
Saturday May 26, 2012, 4:27 pm
I have no problem with a mother breastfeeding but must I look at it when I am shopping in Target? It may be natural but so is urination and defacation and we don't do those in public, do we?
 

Yvonne White (233)
Saturday May 26, 2012, 4:33 pm
Okay, I saw the TIME cover - the kid looked between 5 & 7 yrs. old!:( I understand why 3rd worlders & poor Americans might breast feed until the kid was old enough for Kindergarten..but WHY do it otherwise? My kids didn't even need a sippy-cup by the time they were 3! I really don't get it.. America is TOO sexually hung-up to put That much More pressure on a child. Any kid that can climb up it's mother to nurse is Too Old to do so (in America) in my Never Humble Opinion..;)
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Saturday May 26, 2012, 7:15 pm
Thanks so much for posting this, Kit. I believed all the hype that La Leche League was a band of radicals until I joined them. When I entered the first mtg. in a mom's home, I was very pleasantly surprised that although there were many, many babies & toddlers, all children were quiet & happily playing. I had to find out why. Eventually, I became a Leader in my group. We were there for information & support---there was no arm twisting, and all moms were gladly accepted into our group whether they breastfed a few weeks, months, or years. We even had some "bottle-feeders" who had come to try to re-lactate, or learn to breastfed their next baby. I learned of all the wonderful benefits to mom and baby and still have tons of info I share when needed.
 

Ruadha S. (6)
Saturday May 26, 2012, 7:45 pm
Janet R. I'm with you, conception and labor & delivery are also natural and I don't think I should have to watch them.

And Yvonne White--I'm with you. There are third world countries, and some areas of this country, where it is
economiically necessary, but mostly it's not necessary here. And when we have such sterling TV shows in the US as "Toddlers and Tiaras" that sexually objectify children, why look for more sources? It definitely squicks me out to see a kid walk up to Mom, unbutton her shirt and pull out a breast and start sucking.
 

Barbara Snowberger (8)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 1:03 am
In America we have SO MANY perverts and guys who get turned-on at the thought of a child or baby suckling a breast, we must be careful where and how it's done. No sense in any mother being set up to have a "stalker" follow her home and attempt to get some of that healthy good stuff for himself...
 

Chavonne Harvey (46)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 4:21 am
Breastfeeding makes me uncomfortable in the sense that I don't think I could do it but if someone else does that is their right to do so. Because it's completely what nature intended. But that doesn't mean it makes me any less uncomfortable but who cares how I feel or what someone else feels, we don't matter, all that matters is the mother and her child and the mother has a right to breast feed her child.

For me I think I know why it makes me uncomfortable, I see breasts as pleasurable, meaning if you touch them it gives you a sexual feeling that travels to other areas just by being touched, especially on the nipple so it's kinda creepy to me to think of a baby or child's mouth sucking on a nipple when that also what we let our husbands do to pleasure us. I know I know, but that why it creeps me out I'm being honest here. However, a mother has every right in the world to breast feed her child. That is natural and it's not weird regardless of how it makes me feel, how it makes me feel doesn't matter, what matters is the health of the baby not my discomfort or whatever. No woman should be made to feel bad about breast feeding. But even though I know this and believe this, that doesn't mean it still doesn't make me uncomfortable but like I said what I feel doesn't matter. It's not my right to tell a mother how to feed her child. That's crazy. And people should know better. Just like with gay people, if it makes you uncomfortable so what, just be uncomfortable, you can't tell people who they are or what to do. if interracial couples make you uncomfortable, too bad. If PDA makes you uncomfortable, too bad. You have a right to feel how you feel just like I do but to try and make it illegal or ban something natural is very wrong and we all should know better.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 8:01 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Kathy P. (402)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 6:30 pm
Noted. Thanks Much Kit
 

Patricia N. (8)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 8:56 pm
Breasts are for feeding children. That's why we women have them. No other reason.
 

Lynn Mason (9)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 9:57 pm
It's ironic that nobody gets offended by Pamela Andersons breasts- despite the fact that they are artificial and promote an unrealistic physical ideal- when she poses topless for money in the name of sex. But let a woman breastfeed her child in Target in a corner and people are like "Ewwww. Gross. That's disgusting!!!"
 

Phillipa W. (199)
Monday May 28, 2012, 11:57 pm
It would be hilarious that breastfeeding was such an issue if it wasn't such a pain :) they can be offended all they want. As long as they keep their opinion to themselves. How it can be such a huge deal is beyond me. Are breasts truly that scarey to some?
 

colleen p. (38)
Wednesday May 30, 2012, 4:15 am
what about "s/he wanted to stop at 7 so we let them"?
 

Janet G. (0)
Thursday May 31, 2012, 12:47 pm
Noted, thanks.
 
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