Reclaiming “Breastfeeding” from “Human Milk:” Politics, Public Health, and the Power of Money

There are a lot of moms out there that are still breastfeeding. However, many women have completely stopped the practice and regard it as being very outdated. They use things like formulas and processed baby food to ensure that their child gets the things that they need to. A lot of individuals do not realize all the benefits that come from breastfeeding. Now, due to political reasons and public health concerns. many women are straying away from it.

Key Takeaways:

  • Human breast milk contains hundreds of human milk oligosaccharides or HMOs which nourish the infant’s gut. Formula companies have been trying to replicate that.
  • There are lots of varying interests why research into the composition of human milk is undertaken. It could range from using it to fight bacteria to making infant formula.
  • There is lots of debate whether adding HMOs to infant formula makes it actually better because each mother’s breast milk is unique and suited to her baby.

“No company can provide a mother’s own living cells, her unique antibodies, and the change between the watery foremilk and creamy hindmilk during the course of a feed. And nothing on a shelf can substitute for the act of breastfeeding itself.”

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Becky Patouhas, social media specialist, has been a babywearing educator since 2013. Her favorite part of her job is a tie between seeing all the cute baby pictures and helping parents get that “I can’t believe I can hold my baby AND eat!” moment. A first-generation American and mom of two small boys, she and her family live in Michigan, where she enjoys volunteering with her local babywearing group. Becky loves her Zypora meh dais (she has two!) because they’re so cushy on her shoulders. She always has a Lightly Padded ring sling in her purse because she loves the soft padding, and she thinks Isle of Skye is the best colorway out there!

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