The Case Against Breastfeeding. I generally don’t judge people’s preferences on this topic. I chose to breastfeed. Some people don’t.
I wonder why Rosin must justify her reasons behind choosing formula by kicking breastfeeding mothers down a notch? Maybe Rosin could have directed her article towards evidence that formula is a wiser choice. I didn’t feel she gave her audience much of an argument. She certainly did not give me a reason to decide against breastfeeding or to falter in my opinion that I am giving my babies the best start to life.
I tandem nursed my two oldest. I have breastfed every baby immediately after their home births. I currently breastfeed the twins. I have shared a bed with all my babies and can truly say my husband and I have never lost a night of sleep over it (well, maybe one or two). I have never put the babies on a feeding schedule. They eat when they are hungry and stop when they are full. My milk is free, always at temperature, never needs to sterilized or mixed, and I can take it with me anywhere I go! I’ve nursed in parking lots, in amusement parks, at birthday parties, in parks, at friend’s homes, in restaurants, in my backyard, at school events and in the audience of dance recitals!
When Rosin commented in her article that, “..when people say that breast-feeding is “free,” I want to hit them with a two-by-four. It’s only free if a woman’s time is worth nothing”, I shook my head in disbelief! I’d have to respond that I’m more than willing to spend my time nursing my babies; it’s the best to my knowledge that I can offer them! So how can I ever put a price on that?”
If you are interested in supporting mothers who breastfeed, you can write a letter to the editor of The Atlantic. There is a premade letter with talking points that you can add or edit to get this important message across. Don’t let a woman’s choice to breastfeed go misrepresented in the media once again!