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Breastfeeding Nazi

Another woman asked a very simple question about breastfeeding. The question was answered and then formula feeding advocates started refering to breastfeeding advocates as breastfeeding Nazi. I find this very distasteful and I think it reflects very badly on the person using such language.

Breastfeeding is best for babies, why would you use the term Nazi for someone who promotes something that benefits babies, mothers, families, society and the environment? Some women who don't breastfeed have such strong feelings they have to call the women who are doing the right thing horrible names.

What's up with these women who don't breastfeed and have so much hate?

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GailllAZ

Asked by GailllAZ at 6:31 PM on Aug. 19, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • There are women on both sides of this fight. Many women who breastfeed are very rude and hateful to those that don't, and the same for formula feeding women. The issue is that both groups of women feel strongly about how they feed their children. FF mothers feel that BF mothers try to force their views on others, and BF mothers feel that they are doing what's best for their children and everyone else should do the same.

    It's just as annoying and ridiculous as the constant fight between SAHMs and working mothers. Not every SAHM attacks women for working, but enough do to give them a bad name. It's a strange world on CM.
    toriandgrace

    Answer by toriandgrace at 6:35 PM on Aug. 19, 2009

  • guilt
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 6:50 PM on Aug. 19, 2009

  • When people feel like they have been attacked(even when they have not) they tend to try to attack back somehow. Who knows but it's sad coming from either direction. I have seen many times where a mother will give facts and be told it's simply opinion and stop being a "breastfeeding nazi", I have seen maybe twice where a breastfeeding mom has been very rude in a reply. Both are tactless and uneffective, and should be ignored instead of fed into.
    Daynaof3

    Answer by Daynaof3 at 6:52 PM on Aug. 19, 2009

  • There are women on both sides of this fight. Many women who breastfeed are very rude and hateful to those that don't, and the same for formula feeding women. The issue is that both groups of women feel strongly about how they feed their children. FF mothers feel that BF mothers try to force their views on others, and BF mothers feel that they are doing what's best for their children and everyone else should do the same.

    It's just as annoying and ridiculous as the constant fight between SAHMs and working mothers. Not every SAHM attacks women for working, but enough do to give them a bad name. It's a strange world on CM.

    I completely agree with Toriandgrace ...........................this is exactly why. Some bf moms are INCREDIBLY rude to ff mothers. I did breastfeed and also formula fed...................I will say that I think bf moms are meaner to ff moms......they think everyone should do everything like they did.
    BridgetC140

    Answer by BridgetC140 at 7:12 PM on Aug. 19, 2009

  • The term is aimed at those who say formula feeding is poison, that if we formula feed we love our children less, that if we formula feed we don't want what is best for OUR children, that if we formula feed we are less than perfect mothers, that if we formula feed we feel guilty (or that we should feel guilty) that if we say we couldn't breastfeed then we are lying because it's so natural and wonderful....on and on and on and on....

    It is also aimed at those who when a poster asks a question about how to stop breastfeeding or states that she is supplementing then they tell that mother that they DON'T have to that they are WRONG to, etc....instead of giving the information that the mother ASKED for.

    It is not directed to all breastfeeding mothers. Only to those who would have done very well under Hitler....because all should do as they do, if one doesn't do as they do then that one is wrong.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:53 PM on Aug. 19, 2009

  • I think that nobody can deny that breastfeeding is better for a baby than formula, but I wish everyone could respect everyone else choices! There are so many reasons why people chose to breastfeed, and just as many to make moms chose to use formula. I wish it wasn't such a touchy subject...
    stepmom929

    Answer by stepmom929 at 8:15 PM on Aug. 19, 2009

  • **sigh***

    Will NO ONE ever get it right?

    It's the Militant Breastfeeding Cult.

    Jackboots are SO last century.

    (The ONLY way you can deal with this stuff is with humor.)
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 8:35 PM on Aug. 19, 2009

  • ROFLMAO!!!

    Okay..that's a good one.

    The MBC it is!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:47 PM on Aug. 19, 2009

  • "It is not directed to all breastfeeding mothers. Only to those who would have done very well under Hitler....because all should do as they do, if one doesn't do as they do then that one is wrong."

    That is just plain ridiculous. Just because we believe the biological norm should be the first choice and offer it as such doesn't mean we have anything to do with killing. In fact, since the stats show that babies who are breastfed have a higher survival rate, it's quite the opposite. We're the French Resistance. We won't let corporations encourage women to harm their children in ignorance.

    It's a matter of wanting BETTER choices, not denying choice. But people who sling the term "breastfeeding nazi" don't want to hear that. They want to think that we want everyone with a baby at breast, regardless of their comfort, work status, etc. We just want their babies to have better options than formula, & have the same chance as ours.
    Xakana

    Answer by Xakana at 8:55 PM on Aug. 19, 2009

  • why is it that formula feeding moms get hell for doing that....some have a hard time with the baby latching on and have to use a bottle, some just dnt find it comfoprtabl...who really gives a flying fuck....if your happy breast feeding your child......great, but not everyone is....it life....some moms cant breast feed becuase they have to work 2 or 3 jobs to suport tere kids...others might be lazy, but if they loe there kids and take care of them regardless of what kind of milk be it breat or formula they get, who cares.....my gd people are so fucking closed minded.....breastfeeding is best but it isnt for everyone....so who really cares if some one wants to call a woman a breast feeding nazi, you attack a mom because she has to have a c-section....in all retrospect....ifyour child is healthy and loved and taken care of why should it matter....why cant we all just come to terms with the fact that every mom is different? IMO
    Mamaof2boys0709

    Answer by Mamaof2boys0709 at 10:19 PM on Aug. 19, 2009

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