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A matter of beauty and a personal choice ... we're NOT Trump's America for God's sake.
○ The 'breast is best' lobby has left women feeling judged and unworthy | the Guardian - Opinion |
○ 8 celebrities who will not be shamed for breastfeeding in public | ELLE |
Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
Still, it was unfortunate that the point had to be made by dividing women - in this case, into mothers, who were using their breasts properly, and non-mothers, who weren't.
And what about dividing people into men and women? Terribly divisive. I feel terribly judged and unworthy because I'm unable to breastfeed, even in private.
It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue
- Queen Elizabeth II
Breast development occurs commonly, and spontaneous lactation occasionally, in men under conditions of starvation. Thousands of cases were recorded among prisoners of war released from concentration camps after World War II; one observer noted 500 cases among survivors of one Japanese POW camp alone. The most likely explanation is that starvation inhibits not only the glands that produce hormones, but also the liver, which destroys those hormones. The glands recover much faster than the liver when normal nutrition is resumed, so hormone levels soar unchecked.
Father's Milk - From goats to people, males can be mammary mammals, too. Jared Diamond, but this is biology, which is his actual area of expertise.
And it shows in his "inter-disciplinary" compendia of world history.
Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
The all breast-milk for at least six months recommendation I think was a reaction to the reports of formula being marketed in primarily Africa, leading to infant deaths (mostly through bad water). WHO started promoting the recommendation through the Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative in 1992.
As with lots of opinions about children, the recommendation was taken to the extremes by some (or many) in health care and in parental support organisations and formulated as the One Right Way To Do It. In Sweden at least, I think a backlash has been growing for some time now, with more mothers demanding to know their options rather then having a set recommendation.
Image from Protecting Children of Finland publication from 1920, written by a young doctor Arvo Ylppö. He had studied in Germany, where newborn mortality was a very hot topic with new research institutes founded just before WWI.
I believe they lowered infant mortality rates from 20-25% to 5-6% mainly by promoting breastfeeding in less than a decade. Schools, hospitals, newspapers, magazines and radio were all used as channels.
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