Obviously as EC is dumped in a controversial basket, what rubbish! PLUS one of the people agreeing was responsible for causing me a lot of problems over it at one point, and it peeves me off... It simply smacks of the concept - "I don't do that, so I don't want to hear about it - it is therefore controversial, and should never be mentioned." That is wrong. It's like the people on the forum not wanting to hear about the risks of ABM, when that would be condemming another mother to possibly dire consequences if she is given the wrong information and weans prematurely for avoidable reasons and gets consequences that could have been mitigated by the simple way of having the FACTS laid out at the proper time, personal decisions can then flow in all awareness and so with less issues later on.
The next extension would be to have ads for ABM for 'balance' and to stop mums feeling bad who need to use it? This would never happen of course as the ABA follows the code (perhaps that could be mentioned in the magazine anyway?)
The 'offence' over something like cloth nappies is sheer rubbish IMO. Good lord, do people need to get offended over everything someone else does differently? What if someone lost five kilos and I jumped there saying "how dare you mention weight loss" as I feel so FAT at the moment, LOL.
I am so out of practice posting I think! So thought this would be smart, LOL. I really just felt like getting it all out in a blather, LOL.I can't see how cloth nappies and EC are controversial????? Neither have I seen ads on EC...I think Essence should only advertise breastfeeding related advertisements and should stay away from contraversial topics like immunisation / cloth vs disposable nappies / Elimination Communication etc.
Practicing EC HELPED me (and many others) with my breastfeeding relationship - reassured about what was the 'cause' of baby popping on and off, not in any way worrying about my supply, bub's intake, encouraging cue-feeding and general responsiveness and bonding. Denying others this information which may help them - hmmm. Cloth Nappies are an integral part of it, and many parents use cloth nappies without EC - we should only promote commercial ways of caring for hygiene needs perhaps?
Vaccination is of course controversial, but ... don't buy the book - an easy solution. Removing all support for the ABA over their need for funding in our society where I would think it is obvious it is sorely needed, and a few ads for some SAHM's selling cloth nappies (and I guess my article on EC two years ago?)- what next?
I'm certainly not going to jump up and down about a bf cape that I see as not really sending the right message (knowing that is on a societal level!)- but that isn't what it's about - it's about supporting the mum to bf, some mums need them to be able to do so, and other sahm's are running businesses to meet that - and that is great!
I must say I am surprised that there are people here who no longer subscribe to the ABA due to a few ads and articles when there is so much of relevance in there to breastfeeding mothers.
I love the Essence magazine as much as always - relevant stories and information for parents, as opposed to breastfeeding in a bubble which I've noticed some would prefer (over time, not this thread) - but breastfeeding doesn't occur in a bubble - it is a PART of mothering and impacts on many parts of our relationships, so I totally support a range of articles on all sorts of matters even if they don'e apply to me - now - they may one day - amd I gain inspiratio n and enjoy reading of and celebrating the hurdles overcome by other mothers. Before I even began breastfeeding, this gave me encouragement and the knowledge I could bf through early difficulties that are so common. If I don't like an add, so what - I don't read it!