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February 9, 2013 at 8:39 AM

'Dirty' Breastfeeding Moms Make Babies Sick, Says Stupidest Politician Ever

Posted by Kiri Blakeley

Just picture something for a moment. Imagine President Obama saying that babies get diarrhea because mothers don't wash their breasts. Can you imagine the outrage that would ensue? Well, that just happened. Not Obama, thankfully, he'd never say something like that! And surely if he did, Michelle would wallop him. But the prime minister of Egypt reportedly said on TV that babies in rural areas who get sick and have issues like diarrhea get it because their "ignorant" mothers have dirty breasts. Yes, this guy actually runs a country.

The prime minister, Hisham Kandil, was talking about rural areas of Egypt that have a high rate of infant sickness. The people live in poverty without clean running water. So perhaps there is something to be said for unclean water causing infant diarrhea -- especially if the mom is drinking it. But instead of discussing this, he reportedly said that mothers are "too ignorant to know how to clean their breasts before breastfeeding."

Well, honestly, if the water is unclean, how would they clean their breasts properly anyway? Not to mention that breastfeeding seems like the most proper way to prevent diarrhea rather than giving babies any kind of formula -- not that this would necessarily be available in these regions -- which might be mixed with bad water.

So why not blame it on the water? Why not blame it on the lack of resources -- rather than blaming it on "ignorant" moms and their "dirty" breasts? Why not blame it on a country with extremely poor areas where the people have no social safety net and no education rather than blaming it on moms -- and implying they're just unwashed idiots? Surely if they could do better or knew how to do better, they would.

Sounds like another out of touch politician who has no idea what women -- especially poor women -- have to do to get their babies fed.

Do you think unclean breasts can lead to sick babies?


  • moroccanmommy
    February 9, 2013 at 9:01 AM
  • audmom1218
    February 9, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Wow... Just wow.. Of course he isn't going to blame the water because then in turn it would be HIS fault... and how is washing your breast with contaminated water going to PREVENT diahrrea?!?!? effing politicians!!

  • FebPenguins
    February 9, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    banging head into wall

  • christineT79
    February 9, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    OMG. That is the stupidist thing I've ever read. If the water is too dirty to drink how can they wash their breasts with it. If the water is causing the mom's to get diarrhea & then the babies get diarrhea it's painfully obvious that the dirty water is causing the problem.

  • gdiamante
    February 9, 2013 at 1:13 PM


    In fact, our super-sanitary society has spawned more resistant breeds of bacteria!

  • trilliandent42
    February 9, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Well, my son is very healthy at 4.5 months, and I have been known to go 4-5 days without a shower since he was born! lol

  • melindabelcher
    February 9, 2013 at 6:43 PM
    Look at all these super bugs resistant to antibiotics.

    Quoting gdiamante:


    In fact, our super-sanitary society has spawned more resistant breeds of bacteria!

  • Mrsfarr
    by Mrsfarr
    February 9, 2013 at 6:49 PM
    Women and their breasts... The scum of the earth, I say!
    Or someone has a penis and a bank account and they've begun to think they're above having a functioning amount of brain power..

    Probably that second one.
  • catholicmamamia
    February 9, 2013 at 8:48 PM


  • proudmama11212
    February 9, 2013 at 8:57 PM
    -.- i have no comment on the stupidity of this guy!!

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