Milk Matters another review

Maureen MinchinBook Reviews, Milk Matters

Another UK review of Milk Matters can be found at http://breastfeeding.support/milk-matters-infant-feeding-and-immune-disorder/

I don’t know the writer, but she has captured what the book says and the flavour of the language quite well.

As in the past with my work, the UK still leads the way, with new infant feeding issues able to be discussed rationally. I think this has to do with the strength of UK midwifery as an independent and respected profession, and the strength of the childbirth and breastfeeding groups there, as well as an historically stronger respect for breastfeeding among some UK paediatricians. Still no Australian or US review! (Let me know if you spot one, as authors aren’t always notified.)

Does the failure to notice and comment on a radical and original new book about infant feeding tell us anything about the organisational strength of breastfeeding advocacy in any country? I begin to suspect that the bullying of so-called “lactivists” (by those who can justly be called formula fantasists) works to silence  breastfeeding advocacy, and makes reviewers timid creatures who fall over backwards to appease them, rather than to call out the  real bullies in this totally ridiculous and unnecessary debate. Infant feeding simply is a public health issue for women and children alike. All public health issues and campaigns are emotionally charged. That there are women who cannot breastfeed adequately, or who do not want to,  is no reason to stay silent about the risks of an intrinsically unsafe practice, just as traffic fatalities and the pain they cause community-wide are not reasons to silence road safety campaigns. If my milk hypothesis is right, and the damage artificial feeding has caused is indeed compounding through generations, there is no more important public health issue on the planet. Even climate change pales into insignificance beside heritable damage to human microbiomes, genomes, and intellectual capacity.