July 1, 2009 by Jeff Cordeiro
Not only should there not be a law against
breastfeeding in public, there should be a law that all mothers breastfeed their infants
for at least six months. I realize that going to that extreme is, well, extreme but so
are regulations against breastfeeding.
According to a recent ABC news story, one of the fall-outs from the recent recession is that some new mothers are feeling forced to take shorter maternity leaves due to concerns about finances and job stability. Unfortunately, many workplaces don't support breastfeeding. That's a big problem when you consider that 56% of women with infants are now the in the labor force.
Every major national and international medical authority recommends that infants should be fed breast milk exclusively until they
are at least 6 months old. Right now, only 12% of mothers in the U.S. do this.
Providing infants with breast milk is good for babies and reduces health costs for parents and employers. Breastfed babies have a lower risk of infections, obesity, diabetes and other health problems. This not only reduces a familyís healthcare costs, it also reduces costs (and workplace interruptions) for employers given that mothers and fathers with healthier babies have to leave work less often to care for them.
One of our nation's biggest concerns is the cost of healthcare. The
better our nutrition, the healthier we are and there is no better
nutrition for a newborn than mother's milk.
Even thought I am a male, I am a member of www.momsrising.org and I recommend that you check them out Ė you too, dads.
I also urge you to co-sponsor the Breastfeeding Promotion Act today. Itís free and only takes a few moments of your time. Please use this link:
Act now to urge Congress to support the Breastfeeding Act!
Fixing our healthcare system couldn't be simpler. Proper nutrition is
the big secret (not what the food pyramid states is proper nutrition).
When a pregnant woman eats properly, her baby is healthier. When the baby
is breastfed, the child is healthier. When a child eats organic foods, the
adult is healthier. When people are healthier, healthcare costs go down,
people are happier and productivity goes up. Problem solved.
Simple? Yes! Easy? No!
Most of us are addicted to many things that contribute to poor health.
Candy, soda, breads, prescription medicines, etc. It's time to break the
cycle. Physical addictions can be broken in less than a month but it's up
to each and every one of us to take action. Like Nike says "Just Do
Start by supporting every mom that wishes to breastfeed her baby.
As always, I hope you found this article thought-provoking and helpful.
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