Is Breastfeeding Mandatory for Mothers?

Last week we started a discussion about women breastfeeding in public. I interviewed to women who said that they love breastfeeding. They told us that at some point, it just makes practical sense.

But what about mothers who can’t breastfeed? Should they receive criticism for bottle feeding? There is more than one side to this discussion. Here’s how Erin Strange feels about bottle feeding.

I don’t breastfeed. Shortly after Elliott’s birth I realized that I wasn’t producing enough milk. He was jaundiced and his numbers continued to rise even after the typical peak days. In order to get the jaundice out of his system and avoid light therapy, we had to supplement with formula. I am producing about 4oz daily, and we were trying to breastfeed while supplementing, but he rejected the breast and became frustrated. In order to get him to eat we had to bottle feed. I still pump daily and give him the 4oz I get.

I am really insecure about the fact that I’ve got to bottle feed. People close to me have been supportive when they know that I’m unable to breastfeed, but it’s hard to be asked all the time if I’m breastfeeding and then feel like I have to explain why I’m not. [Read more...]

“I was persuaded by feminist attorneys to lie”

TRIGGER WARNING: the video mentioned below might be upsetting to viewers, as it contains shaming language and pictures of aborted fetuses.

Shortly before the presidential election, former abortion activist Norma McCorvey–previously known as Jane Roe, the plaintiff in Roe v. Wade–released an anti-choice video that urged Americans not to vote for president Obama.

In the video, McCorvey states that she was persuaded by “feminist attorneys” to lie about being raped and wanting an abortion. McCorvey also says that President Obama is a “baby killer” since he supports reproductive rights and abortion.
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