Milking humans to feed insatiable hedonism


  • Letters
  • Saturday, 01 Feb 2003

A RECENT gastronomic craze centres on delicacies cooked with the breast milk of peasant women.  

The promoter claims it to be a gastronomic novelty epitomising maternal love.  

As a mother with breastfed children, I’m flabbergasted. Has human hedonistic whim run out of novelty?  

I know it’s human nature to crave for the prized – and the pricier the better.  

The limit has now reached the deplorable act of seeking human milk, not for hospital milk banks, but to nurse the elitists’ insatiable fancies.  

In the olden days, the rich paid wet nurses to breastfeed newborns when their rich mothers refused to. Presumably, such a profession is outdated.  

Yet, when women are now being paid to part with their milk when their own babies need it most, isn’t this blatant injustice and a step backward?  

Economic reasons may be the push, but whatever the excuse, the rich should not deprive those poor babies their most basic need.  

Meanwhile, for the gourmets of the “dish of maternal love,” isn’t it ironic that in their pursuit to experience maternal love, they deprive rural babies their rightful maternal love.  

Maternal love is natural, instinctive and untainted by hedonistic whim and financial greed. In our pursuit of an egalitarian world, this trend is a step backwards.  

It's the media’s responsibility to highlight this,to evoke the public’s moralistic and ethical conscience – not to help promote this paradoxical “dish of maternal love.” 

 

YVONNE LEE SHU YEE, 

Subang Jaya. 

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