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Ethical Problems with Information on Infant Feeding in Developed Countries
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, Philosophy.
2011 (English)In: Public Health Ethics, ISSN 1754-9973, E-ISSN 1754-9981, Vol. 4, no 2, 192-202 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Most sources providing information on infant feeding strongly recommend breastfeeding. The WHO and UNICEF recommend that women breastfeed their babies and that health professionals promote breastfeeding. This creates severe pressure on women to breastfeed, a pressure which is ethically questionable since many women have physical or emotional problems with breastfeeding. In this article, we use insights from the ethics of risk to criticize the current breastfeeding policy. We argue that there are problems related to balancing aggregate wellbeing versus individual wellbeing, that not enough attention is paid to alternatives, that women's emotions and their need for free choice should be considered and that issues of equity are currently overlooked. We also criticize the way scientific information is presented in the current policy. We conclude that the official sources of information on infant feeding should be revised. Information should be more nuanced and designed to support mothers, and families in making a free choice on what is the best way to feed their babies.

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2011. Vol. 4, no 2, 192-202 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-89538DOI: 10.1093/phe/phr019ISI: 000300219100009OAI: diva2:503110
QC 20120216Available from: 2012-02-14 Created: 2012-02-14 Last updated: 2012-03-12Bibliographically approved

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