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Nipple Nazis

Posted by ESC on May 14, 2003

In Reply to: Nipple Nazis posted by Word Camel on May 14, 2003

: : While driving home from work the other day, I was flipping through various radio stations and came across a discussion on breast feeding, undoubtedly occasioned by the British Government's health czars deciding to issue advice that ideally, babies should be fed nothing but breastmilk for the first six months of their lives. Various new mothers were being interviewed as to their reaction to this. One, when dismissively describing those earth mother types who view any woman who doesn't breastfeed her child with utter scorn, regardless of reason, came up with the wonderful phrase "nipple nazis". I just had to share.

: This is also the nickname given to my mother-in-law by her daughters. She is a card carrying member of the La Leche League. "La Leche League" to my mind, always conjures up images of buxom Italian fascisti marching aroung in uniforms. They're really not a bad lot, but it's an unfortunate name.

Great phrase.

A few years back I was writing copy for a brochure for a state agency promoting breast-feeding. I said, "We want to give mothers information, not make them feel guilty. After all, it's not like child safety seats where not using one endangers a child's life."

I was told that, yes, we should make mothers feel guilty because failure to breast-feed does endanger a baby's life. We discussed reasons for not breast-feeding. They were all waved away. No excuses! Then I read some background information that had this amazing statement: "You can nurse even if your breasts are cracked and bleeding. A little blood won't hurt the baby." Ouch. What about the mother's pain?

They were zealots. True believers.

I decided what we needed was a publication called "Breast Feeding for the Dead." So, you're dead. That's no reason to stop breast-feeding!