Emma Pickett wrote an article that discusses cultural issues on breastfeeding. In the article they talk about how in Japan, one of the questions that they ask before a child enters into kindergarten is if the child is still or has been weaned off of breastmilk. In Kenya, a mother is discouraged from breastfeeding if she has gotten into an argument or disagreement so as not to pass "bad blood" through the milk to the child. Tribes in Papua New Guinea and Tanzania believe a mother should be celibate while breastfeeding. And in our culture we are playing a tug of war on what is appropriate when breastfeeding, who we are offending and how now in society we are looked at as oversexualizing our breast by feeding in public places (Pickett, 2012).
I wanted to pay tribute to this police officer who saved an abandoned babies life by breastfeeding the child and keeping the child warm and giving the child nourishment and heat. Many of the comments behind this story really display some of the ignorance our society displays. This happened in another country. Some praise the officer as a hero and others see her act of motherly instinct as grotesque. I say well done Officer Urrea, it is women like you that keep us advocates for breastfeeding fighting for the right to feed our children without prejudice and shame.
Pickett, E. (2012). A closer look at cultural issues surrounding breastfeeding. Retrieved on 1/15/16