Breastfeeding Carnival: Day 4

<strong>Welcome to The Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival!</strong>

<em>This post was written as part of The Breastfeeding Cafe’s Carnival. For more info on the Breastfeeding Cafe, go to <a href=”http://www.breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com” target=”_blank”>www.breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com</a>. For more info on the Carnival or if you want to participate, contact Claire at clindstrom2 {at} gmail {dot} com. Today’s post is about language and breastfeeding. Please read the other blogs in today’s carnival listed below and check back for more posts July 18th through the 31st!</em>
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Language and Breastfeeding: Most people don’t realize how their language can influence our ideas of breastfeeding. Do you feel this is an issue in our society? If so, how can we change our language to rid our community of the bias against breastfeeding? How do you feel breastfeeding is portrayed by the language in our media?

Breastfeeding in the media is a complicated issue. Until VERY Recently, most articles downplayed breastfeeding and included disclaimer language that formula can be just as good. Most articles today (2011) are very positive for breastfeeding, though “woman sprays deputies with breastmilk” is the number one hit for breastfeeding as a search term, at least no one in the articles were calling breastmilk a biohazard, as has been said in the past. However, the old habits still creep in.

In reports on formula, the benefits of breastfeeding are often glossed over or buried at the end of the article (See: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43611940 , http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43512372), which often goes unread by those with short attention spans.

Go to FOXNEWS.COM and do a search for breastfeeding. What’s the first article that pops up? “Breast feeding mom smothers baby after getting drunk.” One of the top results as of July 5, 2011 on Google News is an artist depicting herself breastfeeding an adult male—which seems to be the image on everyone’s mind whenever they see someone breastfeeding a toddler.

But while the mainstream media has jumped on board, the non-mainstream media has not. Do you remember Michelle Bachman calling Michelle Obama’s campaign to encourage breastfeeding “social engineering” while Sarah Palin joked that under Obama, the price of milk is so high, women better breastfeed?

And then we all know how Facebook bans any picture of a breastfeeding mom as “obscene” while allowing drunk college girls to post all-but-the-nipple pictures.

I’m confident however, that with mainstream media coming around, the fringes will become even more, um, fringy and will look like the fear mongers they are.

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<strong>Here are more post by the Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival participants! Check back because more will be added throughout the day.</strong>
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<li>Claire @ The Adventures of Lactating Girl-<a href=”http://wp.me/pDcm9-Ct“>Breast is Not Best, It’s Normal</a></li>
<li>Sylko @ Chaotic Mama-<a href=”https://chaoticmama.wordpress.com/2011/07/21/breastfeeding-carnival-day-4/“>Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival: Day 4</a></li>
<li>Renee @ Just the 5 of us!-<a href=”http://yeoman5.blogspot.com/2011/07/breast-is-not-best-its-par.html“>Breast is Not Best, It’s Par</a></li>
<li>Ashley @ Adventures with my Monkeys-<a href=”http://monkeybunnsmama.blogspot.com/2011/07/breastfeeding-carnival-day-4-language.html“>Breastfeeding Carnival Day 4: Language and Breastfeeding</a></li>
<li>Ana @ Motherhood: Deconstructed-<a href=”http://motherhooddeconstructed.com/2011/07/21/how-language-and-feminism-creates-an-aversion-to-breastfeeding/“>How Language (and Feminism) Creates an Aversion to Breastfeeding</a></li>
<li>Timbra @ Bosoms and Babes-<a href=”http://bosoms-and-babes.blogspot.com/2011/07/maybe-means.html“>Maybe Means</a></li>
<li>Laura @ Day by Day in Our World-<a href=”http://www.daybydayinourworld.com/2011/07/is-our-language-affecting-image-of.html“>Is Our Language Affecting the Image of Breastfeeding?</a></li>
<li>And of course the guest poster on the Breastfeeding Cafe’s blog today is Sarah Woodall Stoddard-<a href=”http://wp.me/pwUtv-ql“>Talking About Breastfeeding</a></li></ul>

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5 responses to “Breastfeeding Carnival: Day 4

  1. Pingback: Talking About Breastfeeding | the BREASTFEEDING CAFE

  2. Pingback: Breast is Not Best, It’s Normal « The Adventures of Lactating Girl

  3. Pingback: How Language (and Feminism) Creates An Aversion To Breastfeeding | Motherhood: Deconstructed

  4. Motherhood: Deconstructed

    Very interesting how the media presents breastfeeding- not so subtle when you pay attention to what they are broadcasting. I always find myself furious after watching the news these days, especially when it is about parenting- it’s seems to work against anything we should be building up. Grrr.

  5. Pingback: Is Our Language Affecting the Image of Breastfeeding?

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