We see the slogan everywhere we look, breast is best but is it really?
It’s also a slogan that is used as a weapon by some lactation professionals and others who breastfeed. Think “mommy wars”. The insinuation is that if you’re a “good parent” of course you will breastfeed to the recommendations of the campaign.
This is an insidious form of financial privilege that the “Breast is best” campaign ignores.
What we need and what we here at Tucson Doulas provide are individualized feeding plans. A plan that fit a family’s unique circumstances. Because any breastfeeding is beneficial.
We need (and we provide) assistance with setting obtainable short and long term feeding goals.
“But it would be far more beneficial for mothers, who instead of feeling stressed about reaching a one-size-fits-all target could actually feel proud when they meet their individually tailored goal. It would be beneficial for babies, who are deeply attuned to their mother’s physical and mental state. Heck, it might even increase breastfeeding rates, as mothers become less stressed about doing this one thing that has been built up to be the biggest single marker of whether we are good parents or not.”