Parenting

When 'Breast Is Best' Is Not Enough

08/26/2011 11:30am ET | Updated October 26, 2011

It's National Breastfeeding Awareness Month. But rather than celebrating, I'm in questioning mode.

I'm questioning why our natural instincts to nurse have gone askew and why our views about feeding our young are less instinctive and more socially and culturally constructed.

I'm questioning why what should be one of the most natural experiences of motherhood is under cultural fire and even being used as fodder for political grandstanding.

But mostly, I'm questioning why with all the awareness, information and a preponderance of evidence on the benefits of breastfeeding, breastfeeding education has been essentially ineffectual.