The Australian views are not as strongly minded or worded as the French ones but still not pro breastfeeding by any stretch. They think that BF past 12 months is insane and that it is only done for comfort and unnecessary for the heath of the child.
The French views though are just outright disturbing. They actively tell mothers that their breast are not for their child but for their husband and that they need to remember that. They tell them in the hospital that they should not breastfeed for fear they will lose their sexuality as women and become like a cow or beast of burden. A leading bestselling book in France,
The idea that two entire nations can overall have such a backward view on breastfeeding scares me a little. Then I remember than from the 1920's until about the 1990's it was commonplace in the United States for doctors to tell pregnant women that only farmers wives and poor housewives breastfed and that if they were smart and wanted the best for their children they would use formula. Which by the way even today formula does not compare to breastmilk but certainly it did not 50 years ago. Then again 50 years ago an invention by child psychologist Skinner encouraged parents to let their children live the first two year of their life in what was essentially a rabbit cage, the "Air Crib". It was a crib with a place for waste to fall and the baby was left to be naked and free and diaper-less.