Breastfeeding Law Would Make Practice Mandatory For Two Years in UAE: Right or Wrong?

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A mandatory breastfeeding law is part of a new, comprehensive Child's Rights Law being debated in the United Arab Emirates, according to reports.

Lawmakers could pass a bill that would require new moms to breastfeed babies for two years, the amount recommended by the World Health Organization.

Gisele Bundchen, who controversially stated that there ought to be a law forcing all moms to breastfeed, might get her wish in the Middle East nation.

Is that really a good idea, though? Even if you're pro-breastfeeding?

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Supporters point out the same health and developmental benefits that American breastfeeding advocates do. It's not about that as much as this fact:

Can you really legislate something so personal and complicated?

Even members of La Leche League believe this law is too much, calling it a personal experience: "This relationship and bond cannot be legislated."

There is clearly a difference between advocating for the importance of parent-baby bonding and nutrition and taking away a woman's choice in the matter.

Not to mention the obvious issues with breastfeeding in public in the United Arab Emirates, where women are expected to cover up quite a bit.

As much as the intentions of those pushing for this law may be genuine, using coercion, punishments, criticism or laws to promote them may be misguided.

What do you think: Should breastfeeding be mandatory?


This would only work if they changed the law to "BABIES SHOULD ONLY RECEIVE BREAST MILK FOR THE FIRST TWO YEARS." Then they'd have to change the Islamic law that says that babies who receive the milk from another mother are siblings. THEN they'd need to foster milk sharing amongst healthy mothers and nursing other mothers' babies. THEN THIS WOULD BE GREAT!!!


This is actually really stupid and I hope it doesn't happen. Forcing someone to breastfeed is ridiculous, and some babies just won't take to it.


I have two little boys and my oldest I was not able to breat feed and my youngest I was only able to for a month to force someone to breastfeed is wrong im pro breast feeding but I believe in womens rights no matter the country!!!


My family has a long history of not being able to either breastfeed at all or to only produce milk for a couple of months. How could they impose a law like this where some women just physically cannot do it!


An arab country making a law restricting a womans choice? Well I never!


It will just be another tool for them to segregate those who have genetic conditions that prevent or reduce their ability to produce breast milk. There is a secret agenda, and its global.


Not all women produce breast milk for that long some women barely produce any so I don't understand how they can even manage a law like won't stick

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