Saturday, September 15, 2007

Mother's Milk A Gift That Keeps On Giving

ScienceDaily: Mother's Milk A Gift That Keeps On Giving: "Extensive medical research shows that mothers' milk satisfies babies' nutritional needs far better than any manufactured infant formula. It also protects babies against many common infectious diseases and certain inflammatory diseases, and probably helps lower the risk of a child later developing diabetes, lymphoma and some types of leukemia [...] In the United States, this misunderstanding of benefits versus risks -- in addition to social factors such as less generous maternity leave policies and poor preventive health care for much of the population -- has helped keep the rates of initiation and continuation of breastfeeding in the U.S. lower than those in most developed countries, Goldman said..."

This article also referenced this Washington Post Article from last month:
HHS Toned Down Breast-Feeding Ads -

1 comment:

mmd2138 said...

Interesting article. I wish though that breast feeding was more socially acceptable. When I used to work at Merck, we had a breastfeeding room where women go and pump breastmilk if they needed to. This was at the coporate HQs, but the other sites did not have such provisions.

A few years ago, I was on a flight and sat next to a woman who was breastfeeding, and she proceeded to cover herself and the baby from the shoulder down. I felt bad that she felt she needed to do that.

I grew up on a society where women would just feed whenever necessary, so it was never a big deal to me.