Breastfeeding moms are kind of ridiculous.
Seems like all we say is, “Hey, breastfeeding is so not a big deal! Lighten up, naysayers!” But then we stage nurse-ins, tweet to businesses that have mistreated us, and remind everyone from our friends to the mailman about the zillion ways that “breast is best.” I know, it’s a bit backwards to make a point of talking about breastfeeding at every chance, purposefully inflating it into a big deal when the bottom line of our advocating is, “Hey people, breastfeeding is NOT a big deal!”
Especially, especially, especially… breastfeeding in public.
There’s a rebellion of women who are super upset that they can’t walk around topless. No, you didn’t accidentally dip into news archives from the 1960s… this bare-breasted movement is happening right now.
North American culture remains stubbornly prudish when it comes to exposure of women’s breasts and nipples in non-sexualized settings. Europeans and other countries’ people don’t have these same massive fears and hangups that Americans do. I spent my adolescence in Europe… and to me it’s clear how attitudes are so different and fearful here.
Not only is female public toplessness considered socially unacceptable in America, it can also make a lawbreaker out of an otherwise good gal. Did you know it’s illegal for women to go topless in public in 35 states, including while breastfeeding?
Did this really happen?!
What the hell is wrong with these people? Come on guys, I even had to tag “bitches” in this post. This is for real stuff. Worst of all, the audience APPLAUSE is most deafening!
Wendy says she does not want to see breastfeeding in public (newsflash: you don’t have to look). Yet she willingly and proudly posed naked for a public PETA ad. Pretty sure no one asked to see her bare armpits and stomach and hips either. Not trying to be rude… just sayin’. No one asked to see it. Certainly not a baby whose survival and happiness depends on her exposure of hypocrisy.
What is The WHO Code?
This is in no way a complete list. Why? Because the FDA doesn’t keep a permanent record of recalls, so they often disappear without trace after a short period of time. Still, from this brief list (if you consider it brief, comparatively at least), you’ll notice a pattern: it’s the same companies that have recalls….over and over and over and over again.
This is not a formula-bashing post. These are the facts, however, and anyone who’s responsible for feeding infants may find it useful to be aware of this. If you use formula, you might consider spending your money on a company that generates product for a smaller part of the market (Nestle, Mead Johnson, and Abbott are the major companies that account for a whopping 90% of U.S. formulas).
Without further ado, let’s get to know these companies’ track records.