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Bad advice about breast-feeding - Letter to the Independent - 02/05/2006
 
Acknowledgement is due of the stoical Mother Cow as the mechanically-sucked wet nurse to whom we humans young and old turn and to the calf whose fill at the udder and maternal nurturing we deny, not least in decisions on breast-feeding.
(Referring to The Independent letters 25/4/06 et seq)

Acknowledgement is due of the stoical Mother Cow as the mechanically-sucked wet nurse to whom we humans young and old turn and to the calf whose fill at the udder and maternal nurturing we deny, not least in decisions on breast-feeding.

The modern dairy cow is both gestating and lactating, concurrently, for half the year and subject to a range of reproductive disorders and production diseases. One in three of the British herd suffer from mastitis, one in five from lameness, and from sore and trampled teats, infertility, dropped udder, cystic ovary, retained placenta, metritis, milk fever (downer cow problems) – as well as BSE, TB, and foot-and-mouth disease – which take their toll and determine an early cull for manufacture into burger and sausages.

The exigencies of human birth may be adduced to excuse this sacrifice, but as grown ups, we can easily wean ourselves uncowed off the milk of human unkindness.
 
 
 

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