This philosophy of labeling and neglecting children developed due to the

This philosophy of labeling and neglecting children

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This philosophy of labeling and neglecting children developed due to the extreme poverty and lack of available subsistence in the Bom Jesus slums. Due to the nature of living in Bom
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Jesus shantytowns, food is scarce and infants often become ill and malnourished very quickly. Subsequently many infants die very young. For mothers to cope with the reality that many of their pregnancies will end in an early death, they develop an emotional detachment from small babies. Lorde was pregnant 10 times from a single husband of which only 4 produced children that survived (pg. 350). When being surrounded by so much death, the women of Bom Jesus have no other choice but to remove themselves emotionally from infants otherwise they would be constantly stricken with grief. Another more practical reason for the neglect of sickly infants is the scarcity of food. With such limited food, it makes logical sense not to use what little food there is to feed a baby that will likely die soon anyways but rather feed people who are not sick or close to death. The choice however not the breast feed children started in the 1960’s when Americans distributed powdered-milk to the Bom Jesus region which ultimately led to a dependency on the milk replacement (pg. 322). From there women began concocting reasons to justify their aversion to mother’s milk such as it was too water and blue therefore it cannot be healthy and hearty enough (pg.325). Eventually the commercialization of milk led to women simply not learning and passing down the knowledge of breastfeeding and new moms were unaware of how to properly breastfeed. When Scheper-Hughes first published accounts from Bom Jesus of maternal complicity in infant death, she met with great resistance. Many readers, especially convinced feminists, were outraged, and argued that Scheper-Hughes had betrayed and misrepresented the mothers of the Alto. Even these destitute women, their argument went, have a “natural maternal instinct.” What does Scheper-Hughes have to say on this issue. and what kinds of
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