What is the charge to feed and nourish an infant but a captivity narrative in which a woman is isolated, and then made to feel that her fate is both privately and ideologically meaningful?
Parenting by the Books: ‘Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson’
Sarah Blackwood

I could not agree more. There is a desperation and even violence to breastfeeding narratives and advocacy that I find both fascinating and disturbing.

I’ve written one kind of feminist critique of the way our culture discusses breastfeeding, and you’ve written another, very different one. Even after researching the subject a lot, I never thought of it this way before. Thank you for this brilliant and eye-opening piece.