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The scientific guidelines have meant that the contours of the debates around breastfeeding have altered radically.

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The return to breastfeeding was once championed by both feminists and traditionalists like La Leche League , who saw it as an empowering challenge to the medical establishment. There are the hospitals in New York City where formula is kept under lock and key, and doled out to mothers who refuse to breastfeed as though it were a restricted narcotic.

As a matter of policy, WIC prioritizes breastfeeding mothers as the first recipients of its finite funds, even if some formula-using mothers are medically unable to breastfeed. One public service campaign took this to such an extreme that it featured a heavily-pregnant black woman riding a mechanical bull in a bar—apparently an equivalent risk to using formula.

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In reality, Jung writes, black women most often choose formula because of a work environment that is incompatible with breastfeeding. Despite several national initiatives, supported by President Obama, to ensure that working mothers receive adequate support in balancing breastfeeding and their careers, the reality is that the workplace is still deeply inhospitable to new mothers. Jung tells the stories of women whose colleagues denigrate their professionalism when they take time to pump, or who show physical signs of needing to do so, like leaking milk.

Even though new laws require access to adequate breastfeeding rooms at work, many employees reported being offered spaces that are obviously unfit, from bathroom stalls to exposed conference rooms to closets.

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Some employers are exempt from complying, and others are permitted to make working mothers come in early or stay late to make up for the time they spend pumping. When employees complain, some are pushed into resigning; the laws laying out what mothers are entitled to have so far proven to be unenforceable. When the mother complained to her supervisor that her coworkers banged on the door while she was pumping, and covered the door handle in grease and metal shards, her own union rep made a lunchtime announcement that her colleagues should watch out for her, because she was accusing people of sexual harassment.

And all of this, Jung argues, rests on questionable science. More rigorous research—studies that use randomized controlled testing, for instance—shows far more modest benefits, mostly related to a reduced risk of several discrete types of infection. In the U. Boswell-Penc also points to the continuing racism, classism, ageism, and corporatization that leaves the less privileged among us more vulnerable. Read more Link to Tainted milk access limited to Benedictine University patrons ebookcentral. Show all links. Allow this favorite library to be seen by others Keep this favorite library private.

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