This week, the United States could learn a lot from a UK town about preventing unintended pregnancies, the United Arab Emirates is mandating that women breastfeed their children for a full two years, and a study looks at sex after breakups among college students.
A new program in the UK is making waves for offering financial incentives to women who breastfeed exclusively for six months. Do programs like this really encourage breastfeeding, or do they just end up making women who have trouble nursing feel like failures?
The rhetoric surrounding breastfeeding in the United States perpetuates anxiety, shame, and misunderstanding. We need a different approach.
Breastfeeding my first child did not go smoothly. First I was told my daughter was failing to thrive. Later, I felt that our relationship was, too.