Breastfeeding is one of those things like smoking cessation or exercise that we are constantly told that we “should” do, and feel guilty if we don’t.
As reported in an article by Gardiner Harris in the New York Times (May 1, 2008), “about 77 percent of new mothers breast-feed their infants at least briefly, the highest rate seen in the United States in more than a decade, according to a government survey released on Wednesday.”
Mothers are ceasing to breastfeed in favor of bottlefeeding in part because of their infant’s father’s preference, states a study published in the November 5 issue of the Pediatrics Electronic Pages. The study surveyed 245 women with children ages 6 months to 3 years who gave birth at a Pennsylvania medical center. The purpose of
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) is a strong promotor of breastfeeding and has sponsored a number of legislative bills related to women’s rights to breastfeed. In 1998, she introduced a comprehensive bill promoting breastfeeding and protecting women who choose to breastfeed. A provision of that bill, allowing states to spend more money on breastfeeding promotion and
It is doubtful that you could find a midwife who doesn’t support and promote breastfeeding. Breastfeeding has been shown conclusively in research studies to provide benefits to baby and mother that just are not reproducible with artificial formula. Besides, it’s nature’s way,and midwives believe that nature knows best.