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So many of these stories are so sad & paint a bleak portrait of UK culture of infant feeding, with poor support for #breastfeeding (so few successes) & awful stigmatization. The pivotal question is *why* this is - something I saw little attention to in the linked article.
UK women are not fundamentally different from nearby others who have much higher #breastfeeding rates. It is not women "failing" - these are not issues of #individualresponsibility. They are matters of #structures & #culture that facilitate or hinder #breastfeeding.
True support requires not simply telling people what to do, but enabling, supporting, and facilitating. That means committing resources (financial & social) to making change. Supporting families in making an informed decision, and then supporting them throughout.
That would mean getting #COI out of #healthpolicy decision making & medical organizations, for starters
See the recent RCPH debacle as an example.
More funds are needed for #breastfeeding support throughout the system (including educating health care providers), instead of cuts
Media coverage could highlight #breastfeeding success stories and ask better questions about why #breastfeeding is more successful elsewhere
We could provide #humanmilk as first line of replacement feeding to facilitate #breastfeeding when people are struggling
& there could be funds devoted to providing free noncommercial #generic #breastmilksubstitutes when they are needed (instead of paying for companies' marketing efforts that systematically undermine #breastfeeding)
Conversations around #breastfeeding need to shift away from moralizing & stigmatizing individual-blame focused language (this is already happening, but women continue to report experiencing such language) towards a #structural approach w focus on #healthinequities
Follow up on this, more info on the very problematic media framing of infant feeding:
It's quite helpful to have an anthropological perspective here - that framing perfectly illustrates a #culturalideology that is prominent in the UK. Does (unintentionally) explain a lot...
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