Debate begins over new UAE law that requires mothers to breastfeed

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  • Ann Amberly Greenbelt, MD
    Feb. 5, 2014 2:15 p.m.

    I'm a La Leche League leader who breastfed most of my kids until they were 5 years old, and even I think this is an outrage! A moral choice uplifts; a coerced morality depraves. And what was the proportion of women in the deliberative body that enacted this horrible law? Given that it is the UAE, it's quite possible no women were consulted whatsoever. Outrage upon outrage . . .

  • james d. morrison Boise, CA
    Feb. 3, 2014 6:17 p.m.

    People like Ewald do such a huge disservice to their cause and for the rights of other people. Some people like the freebies.

  • WRK Riverton, UT
    Feb. 3, 2014 2:58 p.m.

    WOW. That would never happen here in the US. There are no laws that force us to do anything we don't want to.

  • Happymomma MOORESVILLE, NC
    Feb. 3, 2014 2:49 p.m.

    I am all for breastfeeding... but this is CRAZY! I have six children my oldest 2 were breastfed until they were about 14 months, the 3rd was weened at 10 months because I had an illness that made it impossible, my 4th was weened at 6 months because she had a development problem and they couldn't regulate how much she was getting because I couldn't pump well, the last 2 were weaned at about a year.

    First of all, I wouldn't want to breastfeed for 2 years. I don't look down on women who do, but by the time they roll around to a year I am exhausted.

    Second, with the baby who had development problems. It was heartbreaking and I blamed myself anyway, even though specialists at PCMC said it had nothing to do with me. I couldn't imagine this stress on top of it.

    Third, a wet nurse? Really? Wow, no way!

  • Billy Bob Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 3, 2014 2:47 p.m.

    What a dumb law. Don't get me wrong, I think breast feeding babies is a good thing for most mothers to do. But it is not the government's job to step in and say you have to do it for 2 years. Also, I say it is good for most mothers to do, rather than all, on purpose, and this is because some mothers may, for one reason or another, be unable to breast feed their baby. I get that it is not a USA law, but it is still government overreach, and so I will still criticize it.