Where’s the mother?

I have been listening to a talk by Dr. Joy Noel-Weiss on how breastfeeding professionals talk about breastfeeding (GOLD11 conference). She notes that we refer to the breast instead of mother’s or your breast. She also points out that many or even most breastfeeding photos show just the baby with maybe a little bit of breast (check out the photos at the top of INFACT Canada’s website for an example). We emphasize the value of breastmilk but down play the value of breastfeeding.

She asks the question “Are we missing something?” I say yes. My own experience has been that the breastfeeding relationship is very important – it is more than just the milk. That is why the photographs that I use for my business cards show the lovely mothers as well as their beautiful babies.

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