Policing Breasts

Breastfeeding is notably healthy for both the mother and the baby. There are numerous studies that have shown the benefits to breastfeeding; perhaps the most important benefit is the antibodies found in breastmilk. Breastfeeding can also help with lowering the chances of the baby contracting other common illnesses for infants, such as ear infections, respiratory illnesses, and diarrhea, as well as asthma and allergies. Women who breastfeed were also less likely to have, “breast cancer, ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.”

Another topic involving breasts and breastfeeding is the ability for women to be topless in public without consequence. Many people are frustrated that women’s nipples and breasts have been so over-sexualized that they are not considered “decent” in public, whereas men can be topless even though they have breast tissue and nipples as well. This is extremely frustrating for women who are breastfeeding and can be harassed for doing so in public. The comments usually suggest feeding the baby in a restroom, car, or elsewhere, possibly with a towel or cloth over the child’s head. The movement #FreeTheNipple follows this issue, and an informative clip about this debate can be seen HERE.

Resources

Breastfeeding - Yes or No? Information to help in the decision making process.

http://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/breastfeeding-benefits.html

 

Breastfeeding Benefits - For both the mother and the child.

http://www.fitpregnancy.com/baby/breastfeeding/20-breastfeeding-benefits-mom-baby

 

The Future of Breastfeeding - Benefits and goals.

http://www.who.int/nutrition/global-target-2025/infographic_breastfeeding.pdf?ua=1

 

Infant and Young Child Feeding - Key facts.

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs342/en/

 

Free The Nipple Movement.

http://freethenipple.com/

 

Artist Statement About Bodily Equality (Contains Nudity).

http://yellowpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/free-the-nipple-320x204.jpg

 

Breastfeeding Overview - Issues and answers.

http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/nursing-basics

 

Research on Paid Leave - Majority of research supports policy.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/29/health/paid-leave-benefits-to-children-research/

 

An Example of a Breastfeeding Debate.

http://www.cnn.com/videos/entertainment/2016/01/09/alyssa-milano-wendy-williams-breast-feeding-debate-vstan-orig-cws-kb.cnn

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