Breastfeeding: feminist perspectives

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.


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