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Law Could Make Breastfeeding for 2 Years Mandatory for All Moms?!

Posted by on Jan. 31, 2014 at 8:36 AM
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Law Could Make Breastfeeding for 2 Years Mandatory for All Moms

by Adriana Velez 

breastfeedingRemember when Gisele Bundchen declared that there ought to be a law forcing all moms to breastfeed? Well, in one country that might actually happen. Lawmakers could pass a bill that would require new mothers to breastfeed their babies for two years, the amount of time recommended by the World Health Organization.

The mandatory breastfeeding law is part of a new, comprehensive Child's Rights Law being debated in the United Arab Emirates. Lawmakers say it's a mother's duty to breastfeed -- and it's the baby's right. They're pointing out the same health and developmental benefits American breastfeeding advocates do. But isn't making breastfeeding a law going too far?

In case you were wondering about women who can't breastfeed, they thought of that. Those women would be provided with a wet nurse. I don't know how they would decide if you've given it enough of a try, though. That could get interesting. And if you choose not to breastfeed? Your husband could sue you. Yeech!

Even members of La Leche League think the law is too much. Member Claire Bakker says breastfeeding is a personal experience: "This relationship and bond cannot be legislated." Quite right.

Okay. So. I will give the lawmakers this -- I agree with their priorities, at least. I think we share some values here, the importance of parent-baby bonding and nutrition. But taking away women's choice in the matter? That's way too intrusive. And it doesn't seem very modern, either.

How are they going to deal with breastfeeding in public? I mean, good luck imposing this breastfeeding law if you're not going to also support that. What, are women supposed to just stay home for the entire two years? LONGER if they have more than one child, as they probably would? That ain't gonna work. I wonder if they've thought that one through. The United Arab Emirates isn't Saudi Arabia or Afghanistan, but women are generally expected to cover up quite a bit there. 

I feel like I say this all the time, but if we really want to encourage breastfeeding, we have to think about support. Not coercion, not punishments, not criticism. What are the barriers to women breastfeeding? Let's tear them down and make sure every woman who wants to breastfeeding can. That's where it should start.

What do you think of making breastfeeding a law?

by on Jan. 31, 2014 at 8:36 AM
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idunno1234
by Silver Member on Jan. 31, 2014 at 8:43 AM
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Let me guess.....the lawmakers are all men.

I'll tell you what, when men can start incubating babies, give birth and breast feed, they can legislate the hell out of themselves all they want.

Leave women and their babies that they have been taking care of since the beginning of humanity alone.

lga1965
by on Jan. 31, 2014 at 8:45 AM
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How ridiculous. You can't legislate personal decisions. But I suspect there are some Moms at CM who would be in favor of it. Little too much like a Dictatorship.
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AtillaTheHun
by Member on Jan. 31, 2014 at 8:46 AM
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This is just ridiculous.
Blackburn3
by Member on Jan. 31, 2014 at 8:51 AM

This is just absurd and I am sure all the lawmakers were men. Let me know how that works when depression and abandonment of babies end up on the rise. Not everyone can nurse or is the govt going to mandate wet nursing too ?? I am all for bf and the benefits but this is just going to far.

baquick
by Bronze Member on Jan. 31, 2014 at 8:52 AM
That's crazy. I get they want what's best for babe, but what about what's best for mom? What if the woman works? (which I know isn't as common there as much there as here, but still?!). What if she can't and doesn't want a wet nurse? Who'll they be required to pay for the wet nurse services?
LIMom1105
by Bronze Member on Jan. 31, 2014 at 8:54 AM
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Well this is extremely stupid for many reasons. If you can and want to breast feed, great, but I know so many women have had trouble doing it, especially those who go back to work. Some moms are on meds their babies shouldn't ingest, some need cancer treatments, I could go on and on.


supercarp
by Silver Member on Jan. 31, 2014 at 8:59 AM
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Medical decisions should be left to people and their doctors. It is not surprising that an Arab country is contemplating more laws restricting women. Their governments are run by men, and women are an afterthought. Much like fundamentalist Christians.

jamamama00
by on Jan. 31, 2014 at 9:15 AM
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This would never happen in America.

MomofHDFandNWF
by on Jan. 31, 2014 at 10:06 AM

I think it is definitely taking it too far... Another thing the article doesn't address, what about women who want to breastfeed, but just aren't able to?  Or the infants that do not "take" to breastfeeding as they should and are not thriving on nursing alone?


mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Jan. 31, 2014 at 10:40 AM
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And this is why this country will never ever be a theocrasy as long as I have breath in my body to fight it.

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