Suck On That!

huge-breastfeeding-coverSacha posted a comment on a post written back in April – It was a reflection by your Blogger on an article and the ethics of such developments described, which began –
Genetic fingerprint tests on two one-year- old children confirm that they have inherited DNA from three adults –two women and one man.
The fact that the children have inherited the extra genes and incorporated them into their ‘germline’ means that they will, in turn, be able to pass them on to their own offspring.
Altering the human germline – in effect tinkering with the very make-up of our species – is a technique shunned by the vast majority of the world’s scientists.
Geneticists fear that one day this method could be used to create new races of humans with extra, desired characteristics such as strength or high intelligence
Sacha said – Huge lack of scientific knowledge and anlysis (sic) is this artical (sic)!!!!!
mainly just an attack on some news heard without any deep research into the subject !
is the writter (sic) even a biologist or genetician
So many ways to answer that comment and the article was in The Daily Mail!! My belief is that in order to comment on ethics in a blog post or in a newspaper article, you don’t need to be an ethicist, a biologist, a genetician (a biologist who studies genetics), a writer, a scientist or indeed anything other than a Blogger or a Journalist, either professional or amateur! Had I or the Journalist claimed to be a scientist, a genetician or a biologist, we would still have the right to express our views. For the Journalist there are rules and conventions, but oddly enough for the Blogger, in this day and age, there is little censure or censorship from WordPress. Over at the FBI hold sway and can have a blog shut down wherever it originates if requested by complaint. Those American laws apply to all American originated blog platforms it seems, no matter where the Blogger is writing. In ‘real life’, as in life on line, it usually seems to be readers, observers, friends, neighbours and relatives who feel they have the right, maybe even the duty, to censure, attempt to censor and ensure that Bloggers don’t step out of the box, offend or intrude on the territory of others. In pointing out our supposed ignorance, deficiencies, indiscretions and misdemeanors, are we are supposed to step into line and behave? In the absence of any evidence to the contrary, one can only ‘suppose’! And generally speaking, decline!
This morning has produced a wonderful example over at The comments are just as you would expect; a confusion of ideas and concepts, misinformation and prejudices about breastfeeding, the function of the breasts and a good measure of anti-mother and anti-baby sentiments thrown in. It really seems so simple doesn’t it?
Breasts are for feeding babies whenever they are hungry.
Mothers produce milk on demand for hungry babies.
Mothers lead busy lives and can feed babies on the run, as they have always done.
Breast feeding can be done discreetly, quietly and without fuss anywhere – it doesn’t involve nudity, unnatural practices and is a normal, healthy part of the mother-child relationship.
Breast feeding is normal, the reactions and attitudes of those who don’t find it so are not normal, healthy or appropriate.
You don’t have to be a biologist, a genetician or a mother to understand that! Oh! and by the way I am a mother, an experienced breastfeeder, was breastfed and have mentored other breastfeeding mothers in an official capacity, just to save anyone the trouble of trying to put me in a box or suggesting I’m not qualified to have an opinion! For the record, I have studied Biology and do have a qualification, albeit a very minor but useful one, taken in preparation for a combined Botany and Zoology Degree!
Yes, I am one of those ‘militant mothers’ and always have been in my years of motherhood, almost thirty now. I believe it is the right of women to raise their babies healthily, with the support of their families and if they are lucky, the support of their community. It seems we now have communities which want to stigmatize mothers, tear them down at every possible opportunity and make what is a hard task even harder. Where is the humanity in that? How sad are those who believe it is a militant position to defend the right of a baby to feed naturally when the baby needs to? Go suck on that!

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