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Lauredhel is an Australian woman and mother with a disability. She blogs about disability and accessibility, social and reproductive justice, gender, freedom from violence, the uses and misuses of language, medical science, otters, gardening, and cooking.

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  1. OuyangDan
    OuyangDan at |

    So…what about babies older than 6 months? Don’t you dare feed them in public, you nasty boob wagger, you!

    Baby steps, I suppose…

  2. tigtog
    tigtog at |

    I’m with you, Lauredhel – what the hell is that bottle doing in the photo in the first place, let alone as the focus of the image?

    I suspect that some stock image of mother with bub was pulled from a file and that the subeditor didn’t even notice that the bottle was there, because he’s so used to seeing bottles in such pictures that it didn’t register, which is of course exactly your point about how these pictures undermine the breastfeeding message.

  3. Noble Savage
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    That picture makes no sense, in whatever context it is being used. If it’s to support breastfeeding, why is there a bottle in the foreground? Just in case someone walks in the room and she has to switch to a bottle so as not to offend anyone? If it’s to support formula, why is there a woman in the background breastfeeding? Or is it just to fuck with our heads and make us laugh at the absurdity of the mixed messages the media bombards us with constantly? I’m thinking the latter….

  4. QoT
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    Because some people still can’t wrap their heads around the notion that milk comes from boobies?

    Which gives me an excuse to cite the best line in Malcolm in the Middle ever, when Rhys and Malcolm accidentally attend one of their mum’s pre-natal classes and learn about breastfeeding.

    Rhys: So that means … WOMEN … are the COWS of PEOPLE???? *runs screaming in terror*

  5. Ness
    Ness at |

    *sigh* the saddest bit is that most people wouldn’t even notice that the presence of the bottle makes no sense :-(

    I initially thought this was about an australian issue and was confused since we already have the right to breastfeed in public, then I realised it was the UK and was very sad as I didn’t know that UK mums could get arrested for feeding in public. So now they can still get arrested if someone thinks that their baby is over 6 months…. and all babies grow at identical rates so that is always easy to tell.

  6. blue milk
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    Yes, the bottle and the dummy are definitely the stock photo signs for babies.

    I’m going to imagine that this photo is telling the story of how the woman was going to bottle-feed and then she went hey, this breast-feeding thing is more convenient and enjoyable than I imagined.

  7. Beppie
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    I think it has a sort of waiting-room feel to it…

  8. Annie @ PhD in Parenting
    Annie @ PhD in Parenting at |

    What the fuck is right.

    I think I have to use that for my wordless wednesday next week (with a link back to you of course!).

  9. Morgaine
    Morgaine at |

    Why did I click on that link? *head implodes*

    “What the fuck” doesn’t even sound adequate. The levels of wrong both in the picture and in the subject of the story. Are we supposed to jump up and down with joy that the nice men made it ok to breastfeed in public . .. but only up to six months because after that its just criminal, er, something? How kind of them. We really should bake them some cookies for being so generous. *puke*

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