I COME to this subject as a paediatrician turned psychoanalyst and as one with a long experience of the sort of case that turns up in the practice of a child psychiatrist. In order to do my work I have to have a theory of the emotional as well as the physical development of the individual child in the environment that obtains, and a theory needs to cover the whole range of what may be expected. At the same time theory needs to be flexible so that any clinical fact may if necessary modify the theoretical statement.
I am not specifically concerned with promoting and encouraging breast-feeding, although I do hope that the general trend of what I have had to say in the course of years about this matter has had exactly this effect, simply because here is something natural and it is likely that what is natural has a very good foundation.
What I want to do first is to dissociate myself from a sentimental attitude towards breast-feeding or propaganda in favour of breast-feeding. Propaganda always has another side