Breastfeeding: A Feminist Issue

Breastfeeding: A Feminist Issue

In this activity sheet the author answers key questions on breastfeeding and feminism in an interview format. This would be a useful resource for the basis of a group discussion.

Breastfeeding is an important women's, human rights, and feminist issue, since breastfeeding empowers women and contributes to gender equality. The author argues that women who wish to breastfeed their babies but cannot - because of inadequate support from family or health workers, constraints in the workplace, or misinformation from the infant food industry - are oppressed and exploited.

It is recommended that groups and individuals interested in fighting for women's rights and human rights should take action to change this situation, and recognise breastfeeding as a woman's right. Women are empowered by asserting the value of both their productive and reproductive work. She also suggests that women should never be forced to make a choice between mother-work and other work. Conditions supportive to successful nurturing, are conditions which reduce gender subordination generally by contradicting negative images of women and emphasising the value of women's reproductive work.

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