Monday’s Breastfeeding Quote
I sometimes encounter women, thinking of themselves as feminists, who wonder if breastfeeding is a power or a slave work. They’ve heard the popular saying that formula is a progress for the woman’s condition (it may have seemed like it in the 70’s, when the formula-feeding’s trend was at its peak, but now that we know now that formula-feeding only benefits the formula companies – led mostly by men – who’s gonna believe it anymore ?). I do consider myself a feminist too, and I do strongly believe that breastfeeding is a power. I wish I knew this quote by heart !
“When we trust the makers of baby formula more than we do our own ability to nourish our babies, we lose a chance to claim an aspect of our power as women. Thinking that baby formula is as good as breast milk is believing that thirty years of technology is superior to three million years of nature’s evolution. Countless women have regained trust in their bodies through nursing their children, even if they weren’t sure at first that they could do it. It is an act of female power, and I think of it as feminism in its purest form.”
—– Christine Northrup M.D.