Breastfeeding : A New Scandal Involving A Mother Breastfeeding

1814 Words Mar 6th, 2016 8 Pages
Erin Collins
Professor Harper
English 102
5 March 2016
Breastfeeding in Public
It seems like every other day there is a new scandal involving a mother breastfeeding in public. When did breastfeeding become so controversial? This is the purpose of female breasts; besides, it is economical, and conveniently there on demand. Experts agree, the benefits of breastfeeding are overwhelmingly evident; but Americans have sexualized breasts to such an extent that something as natural as breastfeeding an infant has been misconstrued into a lewd act. Since much of a mothers decision on whether they will breastfeed or not is based on public perception; therefore, breastfeeding in public should be promoted and encouraged for the well being mothers and babies.
The benefits of breastfeeding for mothers are extensive, including acting as a natural contraceptive for six months, if the mother is breastfeeding exclusively. Additionally, nursing causes the uterus to shrink quicker after giving birth and has been linked to lower rates of breast and ovarian cancer. The benefits for children include vitamins, probiotics, and antibodies supplied through human milk and not available in formula, giving infants the ability to fight off viruses and bacteria. Furthermore, exclusively breastfed babies have fewer ear infections, respiratory illnesses, stomach viruses, and allergies.
M. Nathaniel Mead, the author of "Contaminants in Human Milk: Weighing the Risks against the Benefits of Breastfeeding",…
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