Medicalization of Breastfeeding as Abuse

Veggiewitch:

Most certainly the initial move of medical providers is fueled by the desire of monetary gain, while women are trying to solve the problems they face with breastfeeding.

This quote specifically speaks to me, as I have experienced similar pressures first-hand to either supplement with (garbage) formula, or quit breastfeeding altogether. There is a monetary gain for doctors (OBGyns, Family Practice, et al) and health nurses to “recommend” formula supplementation, and it is provided to these “professionals” from the formula manufacturers in the form of commission checks. Anyone who’s had the privilege of working in an electronics department, sold cars, real estate, etc., is familiar with the concept of profit motivation – the more you sell/push, the more money you make each month. The same holds true for doctors and nurses promoting the benefits of their formula. They’re paid to do it. There’s little wonder so many women can be convinced they’re not producing enough milk. Perhaps if doctors and nurses didn’t have a financial stake in undermining the breastfeeding relationship and dynamic, they would be more supportive of it? We won’t know for sure until Big Pharma finally gets put in their toxic and pathologically false claim-making places.

Link: http://breastfeedingcanada.ca/documents/webdoc47.pdf

Originally posted on Breast. No Bottle.:

Medicalization of women’s lives and bodies as a form of control and patriarchal abuse against women has a long and well-documented history in feminist literature. The most prominent example related to reproductive lives of women is medicalization of birth that hurts millions of women worldwide to this day. Medicine today continues to view women predominantly as sex objects and reproductive organs. The encroachment of medicine into breastfeeding claims women’s breasts as production sites of medicinally valuable fluid while disregarding whole women as nurturers.

Medicalization of breastfeeding undermines women in the very process of turning an event of daily lives of women into a physiological process that takes place in vacuum seemingly outside of women’s lives and regardless of women’s relationships with their children. Medicalization of breastfeeding operates on three levels – conceptual, institutional, and interactional.

On the conceptual level we frame a complex relationship between a woman, a child, and…

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Linguine with Saffron and Wild Mushrooms

Veggiewitch:

This looks wonderful! :D

Originally posted on Bunny Kitchen:

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Pasta is one of those staples which is too often completely under appreciated for it’s versatility and ability to be one of the best fast foods there is. Pasta limited to being mixed with a jar of sauce is unjust when a multitude of delicious, nourishing, homemade sauces and toppings can be simply whipped together whilst the pasta boils.

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Samhain Recipes……..

Veggiewitch:

LOVE! :D

Originally posted on My Moonlit Path.....:

Merry Meet my friends!  I’m sitting here with candles lit, listening to a heavy October evening rain and enjoying and Irish Cream!  I am just loving this Autumn!  October has just been beautiful..even a rainy night just soothes my soul.  I have spent the day cooking, spent some time with my daughters and grandkids, and am just relaxed and content tonight :)

I have been busy gathering recipes for about a week now to post here on my blog for you all.  I can vouch for several of these recipes as I’ve made them or made them often!  The potato soup picture and the apple pie pictures are from my own kitchen, my own camera and what I spent the day making today! :)  You will love both of them..I promise!

Ok…here we go…I always start with the magickal recipes first:

Samhain Oil Blend

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Wo Leonardo zuhause war – Susanne Haun

Originally posted on Susanne Haun:

In Anchiano, ca. 3. km von Vinci entfernt, wurde am 15. April 1452 Leonardo da Vinci geboren.

Das Geburtshaus von Leonardo da Vinci (c) Foto von Susanne Haun

Das Geburtshaus von Leonardo da Vinci (c) Foto von Susanne Haun

Vinci liegt in der Toskana, in dessen Nähe wir dieses Jahr unseren Urlaub verbringen.

Ist es nicht selbstverständlich, dass ich als Zeichnerin ein großer Fan von Leonardo da Vincis Arbeit bin? Und ist es nicht genauso selbstverständlich, dass ich unbedingt den Geburtsort des großen Meisters der Renaissance sehen wollte?

Leider beginnen wir unsere Besichtigungstour mit dem Leonardo Museum in Vinci, was genau die falsche Reihenfolge ist. Ich habe schon schönere toskanische Städte gesehen und das Museum versucht mit Gewalt und etwas angestrengt, einen Einblick in Leonardos Arbeit zu vermitteln.

Dreidimensionale Proportionsstudio in Vinci (c) Foto von M.Fanke

Dreidimensionale Proportionsstudio in Vinci (c) Foto von M.Fanke

Dafür entschädigt das Geburtshaus Leonardos mit guten Einblicken und Ausblicken und einem Leonardo darstellenden Hologramm, das in abwechselnden Vorstellungen italienisch oder englisch spricht. Dabei werden…

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