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‘Nipple Nazis’ vs overwrought mums: The breastfeeding debate

Attwell, K. (2013) ‘Nipple Nazis’ vs overwrought mums: The breastfeeding debate. The Conversation, 9 August .

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Intrigued by recent research that shows longer-term breastfeeding may be linked to higher IQs, I shared an article about it on my Facebook page. I was promptly accused of “breast-is-best” fascism.

It appears I have now joined the ranks of the “Nipple Nazi”. Apparently, breastfeeding advocates have been pushing for breastfeeding with so much zeal that it has resulted in bullying and humiliation of stressed-out new mothers.

Some of these mothers and their supporters lambaste breastfeeding promotion by midwives, maternity hospitals and advocacy groups, such as the Australian Breastfeeding Association.

Clearly, these critics are not afraid to use harsh words to decry what they see as the pressure and shaming involved in the promotion of breastfeeding.

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