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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Indonesian Breastfeeding Law

I came across this blog post on a blog that I follow and found it really interesting.  (It's a short post; just read it.)  ;)  Here's an excerpt:

The Jakarta Post reports:
Women who refuse to breastfeed their newly-born babies may face jail sentence for denying their children’s right.

Article 128 of the 2009 law on health stipulates that babies have the right to six months of exclusive breast milk unless their mothers could not fulfill their obligation due to medical problems.

Article 200 of the draft says a mother who declines to exclusively breast feed their children will face a maximum of one year in prison term or Rp 100 million in fine.
 I commented the following on it: 

It’s noteworthy that they cite the “children’s/babies’ right” to breastmilk. I think that’s great. It’s interesting how the woman’s right to choose or not choose to breastfeed overlaps with the baby’s right to have the proper nutrition s/he needs. The Indonesian law has the baby’s interest as top priority, and the US law has the mother’s. I don’t know that there’s a right or wrong either way; it’s just interesting to ponder.


  1. Yet they have toddlers who smoke. Hmmm.

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  3. hey there! interesting article!following you from FF :) Hope you have a great weekend!
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  4. I will agree that there are immunological advantages to breastfeeding vs bottle milk. Off hand, and I could be wrong, I can't think of any nutritional advantages. There is no question that breastfeeding is the superior alternative when it comes to breast milk vs formula. Breast milk, hands down, should be the first consideration. However, I don't think there is "harm" sufficient enough to consider non-breast feeders to be guilty of child abuse or endangerment and subsequently require legislation for breastfeeding. Indonesia is a backwards-ass country with an infant mortality rate of 30 per 1000 vs the US rate of around 6.5 per 1000. It would be interesting to see any fluctuation in the infant mortality rate of Indonesia once this law is implemented. I predict that you will see little to no change in the number. Furthermore, considering the attitude of smoking by pregnant and new Indonesian mothers, the child might be better off without the undoubtedly toxic breast milk.
    My opinion is that breast feeding is great .... and so what? Bottle feeding works too and no one is less of a person or a bad parent for making that choice.

    Something to consider when reading "studies" or "evidence" for things like breastfeeding, vaccinations or UFO's....

    Correlation does not equal Causation.

  5. I was careful not to say that I thought anything was right or wrong; I just thought it was interesting. Didn't mean to stir up a controversy; just sharing an interesting article. I don't judge bottle-feeding moms; I was one.

  6. Okay, I'm back. I wanted to reiterate my main point of the post since I think maybe not everyone got it. It wasn't a breastfeeding-Nazi post; yes, I believe in breastfeeding, but I was more trying to hint at babies' rights. And if babies were first consideration here in the US, then what would that do to abortion laws or the pro-choice movement. I wanted to only hint at that and not mention it outright on the comment of that other post because I know there are a lot of pro-choicers on it.


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