Kimberly Seals Allers explores why the message that we in the know threw out in 1990 - "Breast is Best" - but that is still used by many well meaning folks just doesn't work.
At CGBI we fully acknowledge and accept that women's lives are complex: the pressures on my generation that remains today; bring home the bacon, fry it up in the pan, and always be sexy for your man" still persists. Our daughters thought that they would live our dreams - full partnerships in family care issues, jobs that allow paid maternity leave, health care systems that listened to them - but we simply aren't there yet, and not for the foreseeable future. So, for the most part for many women, it all still falls to the women/the mothers to figure out how to create a balance between the economic, social and health realities in families.
Breastfeeding saves lives. No question. Formula feeding carries risks for excess short and long term illness. The costs to our society of creating barriers to breastfeeding are measurable.
Many thanks to Ms Allers for getting the word out!!