Equal parenting and breast milk
Sarah Waldeck writes a provocative piece called Milk for Concurring Opinions that links to some great recent articles about the relationship between pumping breast milk and the degree to which institutions are graded "mother-friendly." She takes on some broader underlying issues, and ties breast-feeding advocates to more uncomfortable and personal (more personal than breastfeeding? indeed) decisions women make about spending quality time with their infants. I find myself tempted to copy the entire (brief!) post, but instead I will offer only this as a party-starter:
For mothers who do eschew formula or at least resist the slippery
slope, breastfeeding is sometimes about more than “just” infant and
maternal health. We (rightly) hail the benefits of equal parenting. But
once society has tumbled to the conclusion that a baby is fine so long
as its caregiver is providing loving attention, some women
may feel the value of “mother” erode.
Go read it.