Wow! Okay, I need to get my thoughts together. I just finished the first video, I'm expecting worse to come, but I wanted to comment before I lose my train of thought and forget what I wanted to say.
First of all, the benefits of breastfeeding are absolutely NOT thin, they are overwhelming! I'm shocked to see a breast cancer survivor, who breastfed her child until the age of two, to participate in this when breastfeeding REDUCES your child's risk of duhh... CANCER. That's just amazing to me. I cannot understand how they can ignore all the scientifically proven benefits that the "magical milk" provides. If it makes you feel bad that you could not breastfeed, I'm sorry, but that does not make the science false. It seems like the whole point of this video is to tell people, "It's okay not to breastfeed," which some women may need to hear, but don't LIE.
I will say that I did not disagree with most of the things they were saying. Do I think breastfeeding is extremely important? YES! But do I think it's the end of the world if you don't? Absolutely not, and I know many, many nursing mothers who feel this way. I used to harshly judge women who did not breastfeed, but then I realized I was cutting myself off for this very large group of wonderful women and mothers. Breastfeeding alone does not make you a good mother, it's a combination of many things. I'm sure we can all, nursing or not, agree on this. Can't we all just get along?
I just started watching the second video and I don't think I have the patience to watch the rest of them at the moment. But before I go (I think if I watched them all, this post might get extremely long, lol) I wanted to comment on one other subject- Why would you blame breastfeeding for the fact that mothers have to return to work too early?? That's not a problem with breastfeeding, that's a problem with our society and work environments in general! Why not lobby together to demand fair treatment for new mothers, and laws that promote the best interest of our children? I'm baffled. "We'll never be Norway"- Not with that attitude! So pessimistic.
And very lastly, as a feminist, I'm offended at the doctor's implying that breastfeeding is somehow anti-feminist. I could NOT disgree more on that one!