Calling Breastfeeding Natural Can’t Possibly Decrease Vaccination Rates

Recently there are claims in the medical world that calling breastfeeding “natural” may deter parents from getting their children vaccinated.  This really irritated me. If you read my posts you know that I am pro-breastfeeding and pro-vaccines. But do we really need to blame the language of the breastfeeding movement for anti-vaxxers? Don’t they get slammed enough?
I think breastfeeding is hard. Getting in sync with your baby, figuring all the nuisances, and living through the sleep deprivation is challenging. It can be painful. It is natural for some, but not for others.


Vaccines are simply a man-made way to help humans survive deadly illnesses and diseases. The formulation is studied over and over again to make sure they help protect. The truth of it is that they may or may not be natural.
Vaccinating our children is a choice. Most of us are lucky enough to live in a place that we have excellent medical care. We are given vaccines to keep us healthy. The herd helps those who cannot receive them for medical reasons.
Choosing NOT to vaccinate (for most people) is a choice. In my opinion, an uninformed, selfish choice. Do I risk upsetting others with my statement-absolutely. But sometimes difficult statements need to be made.
My take home message-be informed. Trust medical professionals who undergo years of training and continued re-certification to help care for us all. They give vaccines to their loved ones. They know more than random articles you might find while surfing the net. Have respect for those in your community who cannot be vaccinated.
More importantly-can we please stop blaming the breastfeeding community?!?  Why on earth would using the word “natural” as part of promoting breastfeeding cause others to choose not to vaccinate.  Is there really a connection?
Read the article “Does it hurt to call breastfeeding “natural”?” On http://www.philly.com to see what got me all riled up: