In the last decade, breastfeeding has regained its lost popularity and is making a striking comeback in the Western world. Difficulties arise due to the fact that the comeback is concurrent with women's liberation from the household and embarking upon career; breastfeeding serves to hinder a woman's total emancipation for she is the only person capable of performing this task.
In the Western world, it is well-educated mothers who are returning to this age-old tradition. A 1980 USA survey showed that 70% of graduate mothers breastfed their children, as opposed to only 25% of mothers with nine or fewer years of schooling.
Breastfeeding maintains a one-to-one relationship between mother and child for an overly extended amount of time, thus keeping the child dependent upon the mother when it should be developing other relationships; and keeping the mother dependent upon her child when she, too, should be developing outside interests.
Breastmilk is superior to infant formula, offers natural immunological defences, and creates a warm emotional bond between mother and child. In the developing world, breast-feeding is a natural safety mechanism against the worst effects of poverty.