Final Project Essay - MoncerradRamirez English100B...

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Moncerrad Ramirez English 100B May 11, 2016 #NormalizeBreastfeeding Why does it feel easier to take a smoking break than a pumping break? Why aren't people squeamish when they see someone smoking, rather then seeing a women breastfeed? Breastfeed- ing has become a thing that simply doesn't seem normal anymore. Why has this changed? Could it be that people see breasts as sexual objects, in which case, are forbidden to be shown any- where. Or maybe have slowly closed themselves to the idea that breastfeeding is to be done at home and not in public. I have come to understand that breastfeeding is a normal mother instinct, to feed their baby when they cry for hunger. Now that we live in a more modernized world, it has changed. These norms we are so accustom to, are what have changed the normalization of breast- feeding in public. Women are sometimes shunned from places or criticized badly, that gives meaning for the rest of the women to feel shameful. Breastfeeding is the life source for infants and it’s not something women should be embarrassed about. Now imagine how it would feel when a waiter asks you to go eat in the bathroom; where a bad smell surrounds you. Maybe that’s what that baby smelled when his mother was asked to go to the bathroom to continue feed- ing her six week old baby, at an Anthropology store(Wallace). Bernice Hausman describes, “Breastfeeding promotes postpartum weight loss, emotional well-being and bonding with the in- fant.” “It has been linked to reduce risks of breast, urine and ovarian cancer(Mead). Breastfeed- ing is free compared to formula, in which, averages $1,200 a year,”(Mead), and probably even much more. Our society needs to learnt embrace the idea that women who breastfeed is a natural act. So society get used to it. Breastfeeding started of as a normal thing in the Roman, Egyptian, and Greek times, but has slowly become a disgust for many people. In prehistoric time it became so common to
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breastfeed, that royal empires hired women to breastfeed their children. These women were called wet-nurses. In Valerie Fildes book,”Wet-nursing:A History from Antiquity to the Present” points out that when women breastfed their children and others, they were seen without stigma. Wet-nursing had shown significant low infant mortality, but as the cost of hiring a wet nurse soared, the quality of care plummeted. There were many different ways in which we t nurses were used. In some countries the nurses had to care for the employers baby in their home, but in the U.S, the women had to live with the infant in the mothers home. This prompted another issue in which the wet nurses couldn't feed their own babies because at times the employers didn't want their nurses bringing their children. In these situations the poor babies were effectively sac- rificed so rich babies could live. Wet nursing became a very well known thing for the wealthy to do, but soon the sale of cow’s milk became the instrumental ending for it, in the 1920’s. The cus-
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