Say NO to the Anti-Breastfeeding Campaign

© by Jennifer McLeod writing as jenjen0703, all rights reserved.

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UPDATE

I recently logged into HubPages to check my numbers, and I had received a notification warning that I had a broken link. I corrected this mistake, and the site where the Anti-Breastfeeding Campaign was located has either been deleted by the author or pulled by Google. However, because at least 15% of my followers here agreed with the campaign, I am going to leave this story published. This article also analyzes the benefits of breastfeeding, both for the mother and child.


~ I don't understand how something that is so natural is so offensive to others. What do people think humans did before there were bottles and formula? A majority of these people were probably breastfed themselves... ~ KellyPittman, HubPages writer

I am a mother and have four children, and all of them were breastfed as babies. I was also breastfed by my mother and knew many women who breastfed their babies over the years. When I breastfed my first child, it was awkward. The thought of having someone sucking on me was not appealing, but my baby knew what he was doing, and the experience changed my mind on breastfeeding.

Fellow hubber, KellyPittman, and author of the above quote, describes her experience as a new mother in the story Breastfeeding: Indecent Exposure? Really?

According to the campaign, many people are offended by mothers breastfeeding their children and consider it an act of indecent exposure. I researched this, and according to the Breastfeeding State Laws by National Conference of State Legislatures, President Obama recently signed acts that require an employer to provide reasonable break times and a private location for nursing mothers to express their milk while they are at work. Also, I researched the definition of indecent exposure. In Washington, indecent exposure does not include the act of breastfeeding or expressing milk. It does not sound like a campaign that will pass.

Breastfeeding is a natural, God-given ability that only women possess, and prohibiting a mother from nurturing and caring for her child naturally defies the basic maternal instincts that are deep within her soul. If women's breasts were not meant for feeding their babies, then they would not have been given the ability to produce milk.

Women have been breastfeeding their children since the beginning of time, before the invention of formula and before pasteurized cow's milk was available. Breastfeeding is the most nurturing and healthy thing you can do for your baby.

So, when I logged onto Facebook recently and saw the post about the Anti-Breastfeeding Campaign, which has been posted on Google Sites, I decided to write this article to address this author's issue, who happens to be a woman.


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The Theories Behind The Campaign

The woman behind the Anti-Breastfeeding Campaign does not look at the proven facts about the benefits of breastfeeding. She attaches sexual desire behind a mother's decision to breastfeed her children. The author suggests that women who breastfeed their babies are more likely to sexually abuse that child. He here are more details to the campaign:

  • Women who breastfeed their children are pedophiles. Women enjoy breastfeeding will become sexually aroused, using the baby's sucking ability to fulfill their sexual cravings. This could cause the child to become a pedophile when he or she becomes older, or the mother could inflict more sexual abuse upon the child later on in life. The author suggests that breastfeeding a baby can cause orgasm in the mother or cause the mother to perform or receive oral sex from the child.
  • No way to measure if the baby is getting enough milk. Because a woman cannot see how much milk there baby is getting, they are not giving their baby enough to eat.
  • Breast milk is not healthy. Breast milk is not pasteurized and is provided straight from the mother to the child. Breastfeeding passes disease to the child, especially in the cases of HIV and AIDS.
  • Breastfeeding increases the likeliness of the father molesting the child. The author of this campaign suggests that any man whose significant other breastfeeds is more likely to sexually abuse their child because he feels left out and neglected by her due to her "sexual preoccupation" with her child in the breastfeeding process.
  • Babies who are breastfed have lower IQ's. Breastfed babies are obsessed with the breast and have little or no interest in their surroundings. A baby has a higher IQ because of the quality and health of the parents brings healthy unity between the sperm and the egg cell.
  • Breastfeeding is the "root of most sexual evil." If a woman breastfeeds her children, their is a higher risk of rape and incest between her children when they become older.

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Benefits of Breastfeeding for the Mother

According to Women's Health, a project of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health, there are several benefits of breastfeeding for the mother that is not mentioned in this campaign. Years of study and research have been done to prove that breastfeeding is a great choice to make for your baby, and the author of this campaign gives no credit to the following benefits:

  • Burns calories! Yes, I am serious. Breastfeeding burns up to several hundred calories a day, therefore helping the mother lose weight and get back to her pre-pregnancy size.
  • Stops post-pregnancy bleeding faster. Breastfeeding causes the release of oxytocin, a hormone in the mother, causing the uterus to contract and shrink back to its original size, prior to the pregnancy. This will help you stop bleeding faster after the birth of your child. Oxytocin also causes the mother to calm down and relax.
  • Reduces the risk of certain diseases in the mother. Breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, diabetes, and postpartum depression in the mother.
  • Saves money and is convenient. Parents can spend close to $1500 a year in bottles and formula costs. Breastfeeding is free, and the mother does not have to take time to make a bottle. She has a steady supply of nutrients for her baby, and does not have to carry the extra weight of formula and prepared bottles when going someplace with her baby. Her milk is always ready.

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Some people feel awkward when they are around women who are breastfeeding. Get the facts on breastfeeding in public here.

Benefits of Breastfeeding for the Child

Breastfeeding not only benefits the mother, but it also benefits the child in ways that formula cannot compare to. The following benefits are contributed by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

  • Increases physical contact between mother and child. When breastfeeding, the mother has to hold and touch her baby. I have seen many parents set their baby up in an infant seat and prop the bottle up on a blanket in order to "take a break" or "do something else." This limits your bonding experience with your baby.
  • Strengthens baby's immune system. Breastfeeding passes antibodies to the body that are not available in formula. These antibodies help the baby fight diseases and wards off respiratory illness and ear infections, which are common in infants. This reduces the need for antibiotics because the baby is not ill as often.
  • Decreases chances of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) form occurring. This is self-explanatory. SIDS causes a baby to stop breathing and die during the early months of infancy. To learn more about SIDS...
  • Lower rate of allergies. Breastfeeding lowers the rate of allergies in a child, even if the parents have serious allergy issues.
  • Prevents cavities. Breastfed babies have a lower chance of developing cavities at a younger age.
  • Decreases risk of obesity in later years. Breastfeeding reduces the risk of obesity by 20 to 30%.
  • Prevents many illnesses later in life. A few health issues mentioned by NRDC that have lower risk rates, as a result of being breastfed, are diabetes, certain cancers, blood pressure, and heart disease.
  • Fewer trips to the doctor's office. Because breastfeeding is so healthy for the baby, there is a reduced need for physician care, thus reducing the amount of times you have to take your baby to the doctor.

Example Cases

Here are two specific and recent cases about women who breastfed in public and had their legal rights infringed upon.

  • Simone dos Santos and the Washington Post describe her experience when she was confronted by security guards in a D.C. government building and accused of indecent exposure while nursing her baby.
  • WOOD TV and Natalie Hegedus share her recent story about what happened when she was breastfeeding her sick baby in a VanBuren County courtroom in Michigan.

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chicagoguy 4 years ago from Chicago ,USA

Voted up !! agree with you !! if there are any other complications , that might be different case after delivery !! otherwise breatfeed is THE best option !!


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IsadoraPandora 4 years ago from Florida, PCB

Oh my, I didn't even know there was such a thing. That woman is insane. Probably a sorry excuse for a mother, if she even has kids!

I breastfed Boo until he was 18 months, then he weaned himself. I will always choose breastfeeding over formula.


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IsadoraPandora 4 years ago from Florida, PCB

I just found their website--what a bunch of baloney she writes!!! Ughh. Voted up. :-)


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jenniferrpovey 4 years ago

That is completely ridiculous. All of the studies done indicate that, if anything, babies that are breast fed have *higher* IQs.

It really bothers me that we treat baby pets and livestock (with the exception of dairy calves/kids) BETTER than human babies. If you have a foal, you worry and worry if it doesn't stand and suck within 30 minutes. With human infants, suckling should commence within an hour, but within 30 minutes is better. If this does not happen, the baby gets no colostrum. Colostrum primes the immune system, giving it its first instructions as to what it should and should not fight (I wonder if there's a connection with the allergy epidemic we seem to be suffering). Meanwhile, women being allowed to stay in the same room in hospital for the few days after the birth is *advertised as a perk* when it should be standard practice. Fortunately, hospitals are now realizing that whisking the baby away immediately to be weighed and measured and tagged rather than putting it next to the breast right away is bad for both baby and mother...


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

I agree with all of you...keep the comments coming! Thanks for the support!


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Rain Defence 4 years ago from UK

I suspect that the original letter is a trolling attempt. People write them just to get a reaction, nothing else. I doubt it's a true opinion from a real woman, more like a teenage male, who is trying to wind people up.

If it is true, the woman is so deluded that she should just be ignored.


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rlaha 4 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

Breast feeding is an important aspect for both mother and baby. I am so glad you brought this up. I was in a department store the other day and the manager made the mother go into the dressing room to feed her baby because he was too embarrassed for her to feed her baby on one of the benches in the store. That is so wrong! Thanks for sharing!


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

This is an astonishing hub. Astonishing for two reasons - one that anyone can seriously believe that there is anything wrong with something as natural as breastfeeding. As you say, if breasts weren’t meant for feeding babies they wouldn’t produce milk.

And it is astonishingly good - you have presented the information in a very clear way, and addressed the issues that need to be addressed in a very calm manner.

I feel sorry for this woman really, as she must be in pretty poor emotional state to make the assertions that she has.

Breast milk is so important to developing babies’ immune systems that (in the UK at least) there is a milk bank for premature babies whose mothers aren’t able to breastfeed because of illness. Even someone else’s milk is better for a baby than formula.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Thanks Riaha and Melovy for the support and comments, as well as the rest. I had my first baby at the age of 16, and I am also a childhood sexual abuse survivor. If I can manage to breastfeed my children, despite all that, anyone can. I had to jump through loops and hurdles to make it happen, only because it was best for my baby.


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

Hi Jen Jen: If there is anything good, natural, wholesome and beneficial in this world, you can bet there will be a committee of idiots opposed to it.

You mothers expose your glorious breasts heavy with milk and let the world see you feeding your baby!!

Such insane nonsense as an "Anti-Breastfeeding Campaign." Facebook has a lot to answer for I think...Bob


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Breasts have become such sex symbols that we no longer view them as the milk producing glands they actually are.

Men in tribes where women don't cover their breasts don't seem to pay any attention to them, so maybe we would be far better off to do the same. In time, the newness would wear off and perhaps then, we wouldn't object to seeing them used in their intended way...to nourish babies.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Lol...thanks for the support Bob!! I have not spoken to one man who is opposed to a woman flopping her boob out to feed her baby. Men don't mind, they actually enjoy it. They don't even need you to cover yourself. That's why boobs are able to multi-task; feed baby and still attract hubby...lol.

And WillStarr, I agree with you 100%. I think the source of this "campaign" might be a sexual abuse victim who tried to nurse her first baby. Maybe the dirty feelings she was having confused her from reality. Maybe she's angry because her husband became turned on at the sight of another woman nursing her baby. Maybe she should seek therapy. Who knows? That "maybes" are endless...


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"Maybe she's angry because her husband became turned on at the sight of another woman nursing her baby."

One psychologist made the observation that men who see a woman breast feeding are usually embarrassed, not turned on, and actually have a strange feeling of protectiveness toward her, even if she's a stranger.

We're programmed correctly.


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Healthy Pursuits 4 years ago from Oregon

I agree that, if the anti-breastfeeding campaign was really started by a woman, she is seriously disturbed and probably the victim of sexual abuse. Why else would she feel that something as wholesome as breastfeeding is the act of a pedophile?

I wonder if there was much opposition to breast feeding before baby formula advertising began. I've always been disgusted that baby formula companies promote all of the reasons for NOT breastfeeding. There is no way that their formulas can compare with breast milk. I also feel that formula advertising encourages the people who will walk up to a nursing mother and call her indecent for not feeding her baby from a bottle.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Thank you WillStarr and Healthy Pursuits. Most men do feel protective, a real man should. This topic has sparked great comments and debates. It is a shame that my ads have to be disabled due to the content, though.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

JenJen,

I think what you say here seems very likely:

"I think the source of this "campaign" might be a sexual abuse victim who tried to nurse her first baby.”

That’s what I was thinking when I wrote that I feel sorry for her. Whether this is the case or not, she clearly is not a happy woman.

You have written a very useful hub.


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justom 4 years ago from 41042

One of the most natural things in life and as a man and a sexual person I don't equate breastfeeding with anything sexual at all, You shouldn't care about the ads, the right thing is more important. Peace!! Tom


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Maren Morgan M-T 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Surprising news. When I was raising my children, the pro-breastfeeding campaign was in full swing.


kelleyward 4 years ago

From one breastfeeding mother to another! I can't imagine never experiencing breastfeeding. It was very important to me.


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Jerrico Usher 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Breast milk contains incredibly high amounts of Choline (which creates Acytlcholine) which is a neurotransmitter found in every neuron (brain and spine i.e. CNS). Breast-fed children end up smarter because they are developing with a vengence (brain). Look up acytlcholine (may be bad spelling)...


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peacefaithdoula 4 years ago from Southern Indiana

Beautiful and necessarily! Thank you! I freaked out inside my head when I clicked on links to the anti breast feeding campaign a while back. My thoughts were... These poor women. They will NEVER know what they have missed out on, what their kids have missed out on... and what uneducated buffoons they look like by making up such ridiculous theories on why *I* breastfed my child.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, well all I can say is that women is totally insane! what happens if she found out she had been breastfed? in the old days women who couldn't give me were given a wet nurse, another women who had a baby, so the baby could get the right milk, there is always some stupid person who comes out with an idea that is just ludicrous, well done, and I really hope your hub gets noticed out there, cheers nell


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Great hub and terrific research. Completely agree breastfeeding is the best for babies.


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Rain Defence 4 years ago from UK

Here you go, I told you it was a hoax. This is some info that I found about the last time that the story was published, by a male author who admitted it was all a wind up.

'Abel pulled off a fictitious campaign against breastfeeding, staging protests all over the country, enraging women (and the La Leche Organization) wherever he went with his wild claims that breastfeeding was an "incestuous" act, that it results in oral fixations (with comic refernces to the number of years Monica Lewinsky breast fed), and that it deprived an innocent child of its civil rights? Abel chose the Democratic National Convention in 2002 as the moment to launch his antibreastfeeding campaign. He was accompanied by his daughter Jenny, who had already started filming the documentary. If you Google "Citizens Against Breastfeeding," you still get serious responses to the concocted group.

"I'm tired of all the nasty phone calls," Abel confesses, referring to the daily irate calls he still gets from women who call the phony hotline number he set up.

Besides having fun with the public (and especially the media), Abel asserts that hoaxes like the anti-breastfeeding campaign and one of his earlier fabrications--The Society for the Indecency of Naked Animals--were his way of lampooning the prudishness of our society.'

Variations on the hoax have been around on the internet since 2002, all they are around for is just to wind people up, get them angry and get them talking. It is pointless discussing it really and backlinks to the site, like the one on this hub and many others, just keep the hoax article highly ranked and promote it. It's all a big trolling attempt. Well not really an attempt as it has been very successful.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Rain Defence, I wondered about that when I saw the story. Either way, I took it as an opportunity to address breastfeeding in public, ever since the girl in Paw Paw's story hit the news. Surprisingly, to date, 18% of the people who read this story agree with the theories in this campaign. Thanks for the comments everyone!


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IsadoraPandora 4 years ago from Florida, PCB

Those 18% should be the first to get bombed then, lol. I'm still reeling a bit over that website. Real or not, someone had to come up with the idea. Sheesh. :-( Can you imagine a world where you cannot breastfeed your babies? So sad.


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

An excellent hub! I agree with your agrguments 100%! What a load of old tosh that woman has written! I think her problem is a very obvious one - it is she herself who is obsessed with sex/peadophiles/incest and so on. I think this woman needs to see a shrink in order to work out her weird and un-natural fixations!


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JT Walters 4 years ago from Florida

Hi JenJen,

My son was premature and had health problems specifically GERD which made him much more likely to die of SIDS. But breast milk aspirated is not nearly as dangerous as formula. I would also like to state that the entire family came down with the flu a few weeks after my son was born and he didn't get it. When I inquired why the doctor told me I was giving him my immunity via breast milk to the disease and he was protected.

I can't think of anything more ridiculous then breast feeding being a sexual act. After having a baby a Mother isn't even thinking about sex. It is a nuturing, loving bonding experience for a baby. I made my son give it up at 14 months.

The World Health Organization recommends breast feeding.

I guess the woman that is on a anti-breast feeding campaign is anti-family. There couldn't be a more nature experience then breast feeding.

I just wish they had more facilities for breast feeding women to be ale to feed their children in public. My son use to hate having the blank tented over him while he nursed. And use to rip it down so he could nurse and check out the room.

I would say the parent that has the ednurance to breat feed for 14 months is a far better parent then the one who believes it is a sexual act. The woman's mind is in the gutter. I have actually written a paper on sexual predators and there is absolutely no valid research that suggests what this woman has written is true.

It is good you brought this to everyones' attention.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Amazing, isn't it? I heard about this through a friend of mine who is expecting her first two babies right now. Yes, she is having twins. Her response was, "So, if I breastfeed my babies, will I go to jail twice as long?" A little humor to the mix everyone! :)


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IsadoraPandora 4 years ago from Florida, PCB

lol JenJen


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JT Walters 4 years ago from Florida

I would imagine that would be uninforceable in court. What judge would throw a Mother in jail for feeding her child?

JT


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

The judge didn't throw her in jail. He just harshly reprimanded her in front of everyone and wanted her to leave the courtroom. Still...he should be ashamed.


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Highvoltagewriter 4 years ago from Savannah GA.

I agree that breast feeding is the most natural thing in the world. It is shame that we have gotten so up tight in our world that this would be a problem, but some see it that way! Great Hub!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

I guess I should be surprised that such a movement exists - but I see so much stupid everywhere that I look that I'm not surprised.

There will probably become a person so very arrogant that they'll suggest that breast feeding be made a crime, or taxed even.


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cathylynn99 4 years ago from northeastern US

my niece breastfeeds her baby in public without risking indecent exposure by draping a baby blanket over her shoulder and breast and the baby. a little forethought and everyone's happy.


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Daniella Lopez 4 years ago from Arkansas

Loved this hub, Jenjen!

I've never understood why some people get all weirded out by a woman breastfeeding. After all, breast were not intended to be there for sexual pleasure, but rather to produce milk.

I'm voting this hub up and sharing it!


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Smokes Angel 4 years ago from Broke Alabama

What kind of sicko wants to deny that closeness between a mother and a child? Sounds like the makers of Similac etc have their hands in it... if you are breastfeeding they aren't making money.


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Jen ~ I can't imagine this campaign would even get off the ground. Totally unhealthy thinking by a warped mind. Keep on fighting for women's right's. Hugs, Debby


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davenmidtown 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

Great article! I think breastfeeding really helps both the mom and the baby. People are odd to think it not good to breastfeed. Voted up and awesome.


Princess Pitt 4 years ago

Who the heck would form a campaign such as these??? i will always trust my native people than the doctors...


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Good for you! I breast fed my children, and I would just feel plain guilty had I not...'just heard on the news this week of an infant that died at 10 days old that had a reaction to formula.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Holy moly. I leave my computer for two hours and come back to nine comments. Thank you everyone for the wonderful comments. An update on this: Google Sites is where the campaign was located. Someone found it and posted it on Facebook because it angered them. I saw it and decided to research it and write about it. Google (or the author) pulled the campaign site 2 days after I published the article. So, you are no longer able to look up the campaign to read it for yourself. I chose to leave this article up because the benefits for mother and baby are also listed. Merry Christmas fellow hubbers!!


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Patsybell 4 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

This is important. Thanks for taking a stand. I think robots are blocking you story, real live humans would be too smart.


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

Sounds to me like the bi**h who wrote up her opinions is jealous, and probably was bottle-fed.

As far as her "sexual perversion" nonsense, it's an "eye of the beholder" thing. She forgets that those who point a finger at others have 3 pointing back at themselves.

Those are HER feelings and opinions, and she is guilty of attempting to project them onto the world. That is typical of people who have "wrong-minded" feelings, tendencies or opinions--they try to divert attention from their own leanings by calling attention to another person or group.

How the hey does she think all of humanity fed their children prior to the invention of bottles? What a crock of steaming crap! She needs to be taken out and horse-whipped, at the very least.

This is an excellent article, and I'm going to look up the site on Face Book and "like" the page. It's the least I can do, since I'm already a grandma of many years standing...


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alphagirl 4 years ago from USA

I think it is crazy that people have to even think about what is natural for a a woman's body can do. In third world countries breast feeding is the norm. It is a normal natural thing that occurs. Why does it become a heated debate? It is a personal choice and a choice that should be respected breast or bottle. There is not wrong or right.


Brenda Durham 4 years ago

Good hub.

It really irks me that anyone would be opposed to such a natural beautiful thing as a mother breastfeeding her child! Unless of course they took it too far in an effort to show off or if the child's too old (I knew a woman who breastfed her child until he was 3 years old)...and in this day and age I do think that's unnecessary and a little too much! But as far as the main opposition, I think their anti-breastfeeding campaign is just plain wrong! But to parallel it with perversion is a nasty thing to do! Just goes to show how mixed-up people's opinions and morality are.

Thanks for the hub, JenJen0703.


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davenmidtown 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

well said.. DzyMsLizzy!


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Jen,

Breast feeding is natural but I think it is a mother's choice whether she chooses to breast feed or bottle feed.


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Annie pnd 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Nothing angers me more than in a cafe for example, you are told "You cannot do that here" but across the room is a man with The Sun's page 3 on display! Is that not worse!??

It's what breasts are for! If it makes others uncomfortable...thats their problem. They must have real issues if they can't deal with a woman doing the most natural process since mankind came about!

You have one side of the nation saying "Breast is best" and encouraging it, then the other half trying to ban it...what does a new mother do!

Great article!


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incomeguru 4 years ago from Lagos

The importance of breastfeeding for the baby and the mother should not be undermined. We all need to encourage breastfeeding in our society. Good hub and voted up.


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Ahydz 4 years ago from Philippines

Great Hub! What an eye opener. The author of the Anti-breast feeding campaign apparently has issues. She's clearly a pervert herself who thinks about breastfeeding as the "root of most sexual evil." She doesn't deserve to belong in the human race.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Thanks for the input everyone. I agree that the person behind the campaign has obvious issues.


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pearlmacb 4 years ago from Switzerland

This is the most insane anti-campaign Ive come across, if ever in my life. I breastfed both my boys for 12months, I believe, God created it perfectly, breastfeeding benefits both the baby and mother. I like the studies you have included. This women seriously is delusioned, and clearly messed up. I have to agree with RainDefence....and she is only making a fool of herself. GREAT HUB. Voted UP!


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

I agree with you pearlmacb. If anyone had told me I couldn't breastfeed my babies, I would have stayed home and did it in the privacy of my home. No one can take that away from a mother.


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Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan

I breast fed my kids (all 5) and did it in public. Yes, from time to time there were stares and the occasional shaking of the head. One nurse tried saying something to me once... I quickly squashed her comments. My breasts were given to me for the purpose of feeding my children, not fun bags for men to oogle at. Even my husband felt a little left out during my child bearing years, they weren't his toys, they were the babies food supply. If I were still having children, I would still be breast feeding and in public. Arrest me or throw me out, but I still believe that breasts are a infants food supply.

On a more positive note, because I did breast feed, my chances of having breast cancer have diminished GREATLY!!


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Thanks, Susie. I agree. I did the same, and breast cancer runs heavy on my mom's side of the family. Hopefully it misses me. And hey, today was a blast!!!


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece

I breast fed my two and found it above all else a very special thing to do. It was a battle with my first one as I had no support and at the time we didn't realise he had weak muscles, but I persevered all the while being advised to stop and that it was okay not to do breast feed, I'm so glad I never gave up as I would never have experienced those special night feeds, just me and baby. I do think it is a personal choice and whilst we know that it is best for baby and Mother - how can it not be? I remember my sister being horrified at the thought of breast feeding, but that was her choice.

Women should never be made to feel awkward whatever their decision maybe and there should never be such a thing as an anti - breast feeding campaign, it is the most natural thing in the world and there are alot more offensive things happening in public that should be dealt with.

A good hub that highlights peoples ignorance on a subject that people shouldn't even bat an eyelid at. Well done.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Thank you Debbie! I agree with you. There are some things that are meant to be done. Having the closest bond you can with your baby is one of them, and breastfeeding is a good way for that to happen.


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sunbun143 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

I just commented on another hub that mommies these days shouldn't judge (or be judged) by their choices, esp to breastfeed or formula feed. Let me amend that by saying - as long as they're making informed choices. That said, I breastfed my son until he was 22mths old, the day my next son was brought home. He's 4 mths old now and as happy a child as I've ever seen. And my toddler is so healthy now, despite being born with a heart defect. Well-written hub!


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Thanks sunbun143. I breastfed my children, but the last one I had to stop when he was 2 weeks old because of pain medications I was required to take prior to my emergency gall bladder surgery. He ended up with more illnesses, ear infections, and strep throat than my other children had.


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LauraGT 4 years ago from MA

Thanks for this hub. While I completely understand that some women who decide not to or can't breastfeed need to be supported, it's hard for me to believe that there is such a thing as an "anti-breastfeeding" campaign. That would be like having an anti-healthy eating campaign or a not-moving-at-all-is-good-for-you campaign. This is an example of an advocacy campaign gone terribly awry. Thanks for sharing this important information.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

I have never heard anything like it before. The person who wrote it must have been somewhat disturbed? Not long after I wrote this hub, the campaign was removed from the Internet.


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Sherri92 4 years ago

I am in shock...I can't understand why in the world someone would have a campaign for this! Good for you for getting it off the internet then! I just can't imagine what idiot would actually feel that way about breastfeeding? I am breastfeeding my second child right now and yes, it's not an easy thing to do, but it is so worth it! I have had to deal with comments from rude people and even family members about breastfeeding but I have never let it get to me. But to read about this anti breastfeeding campaign really bothered me! Thank you for sharing this info and most importantly...thank you for getting it off the internet!!!! :)


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Thanks for checking out this hub Sherri92. It wasn't long after I read that information, that it was removed from the internet. I don't know if it was a scam or real, but it was so asinine, I had to write about it because the truth is there are many people who do have a problem with women breastfeeding, especially in public. Enjoy your week!!


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Man from Modesto 3 years ago from Kiev, Ukraine (formerly Modesto, California)

The anti-breastfeeding and anti-men-standing-to-urinate movements are part of a much larger effort to destroy family, and to reduce the difference between men and women. It is illegal for men to stand and pee in Germany and a few other countries. Sweden is voting on that... all part of the goals of Satanists. Their ultimate goal, after destroying family: move child rearing to the government. Then, NO children will ever hear about Jesus.


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JenJen0703 3 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

This was definitely interesting reading, and while it turned out to be a bit of a prank that was removed from the internet quickly, it does open the forums for the discussion about breastfeeding in public. There has been major controversy in that area for a long time. Thanks for reading my article.

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