Visual Argument: Infant Feeding Activism

Infant Feeding Activism

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7 thoughts on “Visual Argument: Infant Feeding Activism

  1. Donovan here. The visual argument here supports breastfeeding babies and opposes feeding babies with formula. I’ve seen pro-breastfeeding arguments from a personal POV (bonding between mother and child(ren)) and a scientific POV (breastfeeding is healthier for babies than formula). This argument fits into the latter category, for the most part, as it makes use of a stat from UNICEF and a protest sign about babies dying every two minutes, among other things. However, emotional appeals are present, too, as we see in the photo of the crying baby with formula bottles aimed at her like weapons. Additionally, the photo of baby figurines around a coffin figurine functions both personally (the shameful scene of babies dying due to being nourished improperly) and scientifically (the text that appears on the coffin figurine).

  2. This appears to be an argument against formula, as it includes signs from protests against it. The variety of ethnic backgrounds represented here suggests that it’s a global issue rather than a national/local one. The range of time periods represented by the art suggests it’s a long-standing issue.

  3. Nicely done! The argument works by symmetry and juxtaposition. The two halves of the collage are designed the same on the diagonal. Five small pictures in the upper right and lower left corners, and then a single larger picture in the upper left and lower right. The two larger pictures are composed very similarly, but one is a cartoon and other is a photograph showing the more visually credible as well as the drawn figures aligning. It makes an argument using the images and the words, both the words on the protest placards and the words added to the images by an artist. The top right shows all white subjects while the bottom left shows all non-white. The argument is that this idea that formula is poison is widespread, but especially in poor, non-white countries, where the formula becomes seen as unnatural and aligned with corporate values.

  4. This argument is for women to breast feed instead of using formula. It is definitely a powerful argument—all the images of babies show them to be distressed, and those are difficult images to stomach. These are shown alongside images of formula and bottles, which leaves the reader to infer that the formula is causing the distress. I also think the image of the formula in the center-ish of the collage is very effective. The formula is tinted yellow and coming from cans, showing how unnatural it is.

  5. I got the feeling this collage is attempting to argue that there is a large battle going on against formula and breastfeeding- though in 3rd world countries, mostly against /not/ breastfeeding. I do with I could see some of the images better! Some of them have text that I’m sure is very interesting. Just based on image, it looks like most of the negative press fall so formula fed babies. The largest, easiest to see images focus almost exclusively on there, and so call the most attention to that. Maybe there’s also a tie-in to corporate greed in the 3rd world. Looking forward to your paragraph!

  6. Hey Jenny! Based on the pictures from your collage, I think is looking at how breastfeeding is perceived in relation to formula companies in countries with different levels of wealth and how groups that are pro-breastfeeding can be activists. For women in the wealthier countries, like the US, they are privileged with being able to make breastfeeding a life choice that is more “natural” for their babies and promote their cause through social media sites. For women in developing countries, breastfeeding seems to be not a privilege but a way to try to save their children from dying, and must get their message across with posters, images, and displays that show how formula is leading to children’s deaths. The disparities between the the pro-breastfeeding cultures is astonishing as it comes down to the “right” to breastfeed versus the “need” to breastfeed.

  7. First, I am purging all thoughts of using formula out of my head right now..this appeal to pathos is too much! The main argument that I glean from your wonderful collage is how hard the battle lines are drawn in the breastfeeding vs. formula debate. I also smell some white feminist privilege here; it seems that breast feeding is framed as a method that ALL mothers must use in order to ensure healthy babies despite differences in race, nationality, class, etc.

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