Pediatrics Journal Says To Stop Calling Breastfeeding Natural

 
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This news came out awhile ago but I’m still so incensed that I needed to write about this and make sure you all saw this as well. The journal Pediatrics has asked health professionals, in a new article, to stop calling breastfeeding “natural”. You read that correctly.

Why you ask? Well, it seems that to do so gives the impression that natural parenting practices are healthier (and better). And if you follow that line of reasoning, to its natural end, the real issue is vast- in their minds: home birth, homeschooling, the rejection of GMOs, water fluoridation and vaccines. These are all “problematic” practices that many would love to see come to an end. Because they are so dangerous.

In fact, the authors are so worried about using the word “natural”, which means, “existing in nature and not made or caused by people: coming from nature; not having any extra substances or chemicals added: not containing anything artificial; usual or expected”, that they are willing to forgo its use even if that means that breastfeeding is undermined.

It’s best to just hear from the authors themselves. I don’t normally like to post quotes that are this long, but this stuff is too good to miss. From the Examiner article:

“IT DOESN’T TAKE MUCH INTERNET DIGGING TO FIND SOME OF THE POTENTIALLY PROBLEMATIC IMPLICATIONS FOR A PUBLIC HEALTH CAMPAIGN BUILT AROUND AN ARGUMENT THAT ‘NATURAL’ IS BETTER. A SEARCH FOR ‘NATURAL LIVING’ TURNS UP A VARIETY OF SITES DEVOTED TO NATURAL PARENTING. PARENTING BLOGS AND NATURAL NEWS SITES OFTEN DISCUSS PRACTICES AND IDEAS RANGING FROM HOME-BIRTH AND CONSUMING THE PLACENTA AFTER BIRTH TO HOMESCHOOLING, BREASTFEEDING, AND HOMEOPATHY. BUT THESE ARE ALSO SPACES WHERE ONE MIGHT EXPECT TO RUN ACROSS WRITERS AND COMMENTERS EXPRESSING CONCERNS ABOUT THE NECESSITY AND SAFETY OF CHILDHOOD VACCINATIONS AND THE PROMOTION OF IMMUNITY THROUGH ‘NATURAL’ DISEASE AND HEALING PROCESSES.

STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT ANTI-VACCINATION SENTIMENT TENDS TO OVERLAP WITH RELIANCE ON AND INTEREST IN COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE, SKEPTICISM OF INSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY, AND A STRONG COMMITMENT AND INTEREST IN HEALTH KNOWLEDGE, AUTONOMY AND HEALTHY LIVING PRACTICES.

IF DOING WHAT IS ‘NATURAL’ IS BEST IN THE CASE OF BREASTFEEDING, HOW CAN WE EXPECT MOTHERS TO IGNORE THAT POWERFUL WORLDVIEW WHEN MAKING CHOICES ABOUT OTHER HEALTH PRACTICES, LIKE VACCINATION?”

So, how DARE you want to be educated and have “health knowledge” when you are what, just a parent? How on earth could they trust us to make sound decisions? We should just blindly trust them instead…because living in a healthy manner and alternative health practices are crap? It certainly should’t matter that the alternative worldview has been around for thousands more years than Western medicine and that its cures alone don’t kill thousands every year. But, I’m no medical professional, I just know how to read and that’s not enough.

Honestly, can you think of when natural approaches AREN’T healthier? Ok, that may be semantics but come on. This is simply ludicrous. Let’s be clear, breastfeeding is indisputably natural. Breastfeeding is undeniably the best food for babies.

Check out this video that discusses what breastfeeding does for infants brains:

 

Source: Examiner








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  • Gail Tuuri

    Woah! what a load of BS and brainwashing in play…women in america: whip out your breasts and breast feed in public and stand up for your childs rights! In spain there is no problem for this and is looked upon as graceful,loving and a sacred special moment…do you want your baby to feel bad about being hungry in public?! this is what you are transmitting….breast milk is a superfood for babies and is what they should be taking..not commercial formula!

  • Tyler Archambault

    Children should be breastfeed, but the biggest issue is make sure you eat properly and not just eat junk since that gets passed to the child. Some women also for whatever reason stop producing milk to early, so make sure the baby is being feed enough/getting enough, but there is nothing wrong with breastfeeding in normal conditions. This technically is as “natural” /organic as one can get for a baby. Mothers to be make sure you are watching your diet closely though because even if you do not agree with organic and whatnot, that is the time to eat that way and eat extremely well since your little one is counting on it because you can see transparency in the foods you eat that way.

  • John Yurglic

    The on that wrote that was evidently not breastfed. Didn’t get the proper nourishment for his brain!

  • Dragec Filipcic

    Of course, babies have to be breastfeed. If is mother not capable to produce milk or enough milk them have to be taken maximum possible natural options. Any chemicals, GMO is so bad for babies and adults as well. Any vaccines are bad, because they are killing slowly the bodies. You must understand that sick people are capital for pharmacy companies. If you are healthy you are not feeding pharmacies and all this doctors who are supporters of pharmacy. People are already brain wash, and they forget how long have been living your grandparents without all this chemicals, medicines and vaccines. You have to unlearn what you have learn from news, TV, schools, religion and community. Try to remember, who you are.