Lactivist (lactation activist)

Why would breastfeeding need political action?
Because over 1 million babies a year die for lack of it.
Because huge commercial interests subvert it.
Because women have been arrested for doing it.
Because "the other stuff" pollutes our world.
Because breastfeeding is normal but all too often is treated as radical.


I think the point that JasonM missed (but seemed to understand more in his adendum) is that breastfeeding provides not only normal nutrition but a normal immune system for children. Without both of these the child is susceptable to increased morbidity and mortality. Formula attempts to immitate the nutrition provided by breastfeeding but does NOTHING to provide a normal immune system. Formula feeding is harmful, it beats starvation but that's about all that can be said in its favor.