Just with all the positive information coming out about the benefits of breastfeeding, and all the great health benefits it has… a new study comes out showing that the majority of people think breastfeeding mothers are… in so many words stupid. Wha Wha What?!
A study out of Oxford University last week concluded children who are breastfeed in turn do better in school, but even with this great publication, which many already knew, another study published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin reports mothers who breastfeed are widely viewed as less competent than otherwise identical females.
Further driving the breastfeeding biased in our country, sadly. These results were not the finding of one study, but three separate studies. And one of the worst parts of it all… gender doesn’t matter when it comes to this bias. Men and women feel the same way about mothers who breastfeed.
Why does this make me feel horrible, and slightly pissed off? Because it is bad enough that mothers have giant hurdles in society to jump over in order to have a successful breastfeeding relationship, but now women are going to have to worry that some jackass is going to be thinking they are a less competent mother, or less educated by making the choice to give their child the best possible start in life?
Sigh! What is next? People judging parents who choose organic foods, or skip choices deemed unhealthy by the modern pediatric guidelines today?
Because mothers, especially breastfeeding mothers need to have a harder time in life right?
Heck, I can tell you just from my own experience, and comments in the past couple weeks about breastfeeding, and my must succeed mentality this time around… society, even women of childbearing age are significantly under educated, and misinformed about breastfeeding in general.
Just another nail in the coffin of society. Ugh!