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Atlantic Monthly and the Case Against Breastfeeding

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  • Marshalact@aol.com
    Recently, the Atlantic Monthly published an article denouncing the (well-documented) benefits of breastfeeding
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 24, 2009
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      Recently, the Atlantic Monthly published an article denouncing the
      (well-documented) benefits of breastfeeding
      (http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200904/case-against-breastfeeding). A
      subsequent perplexingly antagonistic article in Mother Jones
      (http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2009/03/we-over-privileged-bitche
      s-who-dare-not-breastfeed-0), as well as negative spin on the Today
      Show
      (http://video.aol.com/video-detail/nbc-today-show-nbc-today-show-is-breas
      t-feeding-really-best/165967825) and other venues, has indicated a need
      for a reply. The United States Breastfeeding Committee has sent a
      letter to the editor of The Atlantic, co-signed by many of its members
      and other national organizations. But what is also needed is help to
      bring an end to this unnecessary and irresponsible "debate" about the
      proven health risks of not breastfeeding, and to reframe the discussion
      to focus on what's really at stake: support for mothers and families.
      The tired old mommy wars fueled by the media needs to be retired and
      our message needs to be re-framed. Letters to the editor can reach a
      large audience, allowing readers to comment on the way issues are
      addressed in the mass media.

      USBC has posted on its website a sample letter with talking points that
      you might add as you customize your letter to the Atlantic Monthly.
      Once you have finished you simply click the letter on its way. This is
      a fast and easy way to voice your objection to irresponsible
      journalism. USBC will be able to track the number of letters sent
      through this tool. Please consider going to the US Breastfeeding
      Committee website at www.usbreastfeeding.org and voice your opinion.

      Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC
      Weston, MA
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