Breastfeeding is something that is unique to women. While some feminists see this as an unfair barrier to equality with men, others see it as particularly empowering. Tanya Leiberman posted a great summary of feminism and breastfeeding at the Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog July 7, 2008. She summarizes the perspectives of liberal feminism, cultural feminism, and feminist health activism — one of them resistant to breastfeeding, the other two seeing it as a valuable female strength. I found the comments interesting as well as the post. One of the comments suggested another form of feminism that would also promote breastfeeding: ecofeminism.
I’m not going to even try to recreate the insights from this website — go check it out. It’s great food for thought for anyone who is a nursing mother, knows nursing mothers, or employs nursing mothers.