Breastfeeding Argument

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Breastfeeding has become a very controversial topic in the recent years. Individuals have argued that mothers should not breastfeed in public. Some even say that mothers should not breastfeed their babies at all. Why has breastfeeding, which is totally natural, become so taboo? There are so many horror stories of ladies that have been kicked out of stores, receiving horrid looks, along with being looked down upon are all over the internet (Graveman). With all the controversy that can come along with breastfeeding, all the benefits seem to be totally overlooked. The benefits of breastfeeding are why so many mothers choose breast milk over formula or another alternative.
Let’s look into some information about breastfeeding and breast milk.
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Secretory Immunoglobulin A or IgA is found in high levels in colostrum. Secretory IgA “guards against invading germs by forming a protective layer on the mucous membranes in your baby 's intestines, nose, and throat” (“How Breastfeeding”). A few days after the baby is born, the colostrum turns into mature breast milk that will start to come into the breasts. The difference between the two types of milk is very obvious. Colostrum is a yellow color, and the human body does not create very much of it because it is so packed with vitamins. Mature human breast milk is white and there is a lot more of the mature milk when it comes in. Breast milk is hands down the best thing that a baby can be ingesting. Human breast milk has all the right vitamins, minerals, along with other nutrients for an infant to take in. Breast milk is “significantly decreasing risk for a large number of acute and chronic diseases” (“Breastfeeding”). A few of the illnesses that breast milk can protect a baby from, including these illnesses, but not …show more content…
In the Merriam-Webster dictionary the definition of breast is; “either one or two soft parts on a woman’s chest that produce milk when she has a baby” (“Breast”). Nowhere in the definition above does it say that breasts are for societies viewing pleasure. Mankind in many cultures has disconnected themselves from the fact that breasts were originally made for the feeding of their offspring, not just for viewing pleasure as society seems to think nowadays. There are half naked women plastered all over the place. Half-naked women are used for advertisement on television, billboards, video games, and anywhere else society thinks it will help sell a product. This is because sex sells and men or even some ladies are more likely to pay attention to a commercial that has some young, half- naked, good looking women on it verses someone who is fully clothed and not good looking. Unfortunately, that is the norm of today. Facebook has taken down the photos of mothers breastfeeding their babies because they say they are too revealing, but they allow pictures of ladies in only undergarments, topless, as well as bikinis (Saint-Paul). “Opponents of breastfeeding in public places argue that when a woman exposes her breast, it might arouse sexual feelings in a man, who views breasts in another way (Goldberg).” Many mothers all over the place have been asked to leave restaurants, stores, and other public places because they were breastfeeding their

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