Recently, there have been so many sad, infuriating, and heartbreaking stories in the media that it’s hard to keep up. Surprisingly, the ones that are hitting me the hardest are not about politics. As a pregnant person, who is literally about to give birth to my third child, the stories that are making me shake and cry are about lactivism, breastfeeding advocacy, and how this movement is literally killing babies and breast/chestfeeding parents.
- Moms like Florence Leung, who died from suicide, after the pressure to breastfeed her son contributed to severe postpartum depression. Her husband is begging new moms to get help and to ignore the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative and the pressure to breastfeed at all costs that he blames for his wife’s death.