Breast is Best?

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Hannah Rosin expresses her doubts here in The Atlantic.   Here’s the intro:

In certain overachieving circles, breast-feeding is no longer a choice:it’s a no-exceptions requirement, the ultimate badge of responsible parenting. Yet the actual health benefits of breast-feeding are surprisingly thin, far thinner than most popular literature indicates. Is breast-feeding right for every family? Or is it this generation’s vacuum cleaner:an instrument of misery that mostly just keeps women down?

For some women, breast-feeding comes easily.   For others, it is more of a struggle.   For some it is an impossibility (for medical reasons or otherwise).   Information about the benefits of breast-feeding is good.   But women shouldn’t torture themselves if they can’t/don’t want to/don’t want to breast-feed for long.   Choice is good.   Pressure is not.

-Bridget Crawford

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