This is one of the strangest anti-breastfeeding articles I have ever read.. and let me tell you, there have been a few.
Breastfeeding is a burden, but it’s also a power trip. Breastfeeding sets up the breastfeeder as the expert, the authority and the primary parent in the life of the breastfed baby.
I like how the author decides there is this one little area of advantage to women in the world and it is the bonding advantage of gestation and lactation, and so the author decides to level things out for feminism, and volunteers to forgo breastfeeding when they have another baby. That’s the problem with gender equity, oh yeah, too many advantages for women.
This piece is also a wonderful example of where we find a conflict between paid work and nurturing work and we decide that, of course, the conflict should be resolved by the baby and not the workplace/economy/household etc.
(I’ve written a lot about this topic previously here: Oppressed by breastfeeding, The mediocre mother, The split, How did the patriarchy influence parenting and what problems did it cause?, Feminism and attachment parenting and why they’ve more in common than in conflict, Why attachment parenting needs feminism, Can attachment parenting be saved?, and The accidental attachment parent).
*Also, I stole the idea for the title of the post from Zoe.