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Techno-Hell: 'Natural' Breastfeeding Condemned as 'Ethically Problematic'

• - Ben Bartee

The pharmaceutical front group American Academy of Pediatrics, which touts the virtues of transing children just as soon as it can wrangle their doomed genitals into its vice grip, disagrees.

Via American Academy of Pediatrics

"Medical and public health organizations recommend that mothers exclusively breastfeed for at least 6 months. This recommendation is based on evidence of health benefits for mothers and babies, as well as developmental benefits for babies. A spate of recent work challenges the extent of these benefits, and ethical criticism of breastfeeding promotion as stigmatizing is also growing. Building on this critical work, we are concerned about breastfeeding promotion that praises breastfeeding as the "natural" way to feed infantsThis messaging plays into a powerful perspective that 'natural' approaches to health are better, a view examined in a recent report by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. Promoting breastfeeding as 'natural' may be ethically problematic, and, even more troublingly, it may bolster this belief that 'natural' approaches are presumptively healthier. This may ultimately challenge public health's aims in other contexts, particularly childhood vaccination."

Note the passive-aggressive placement of the term "natural" in quotation marks, so as to emphasize that breastfeeding being natural is a dubious or disputable claim — as if every female mammal on Earth for millions of years hasn't breastfed its young, as if that's not, in fact, one of the defining features of mammalism.