Posted By Jennie Chancey on April 5, 2010
The wisdom of the old paths comes back to remind us how much we have to re-learn:
If most new moms would breastfeed their babies for the first six months of life, it would save nearly 1,000 lives and billions of dollars each year, according to a new study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics…. There are a lot of factors contributing to low breastfeeding rates in the United States, and Bartick says moms shouldn’t be blamed, because they receive mixed messages and often lack support from the moment their babies are born….
Dr. Alan Fleischman, medical director for the March of Dimes, was not surprised by the findings of the report. Fleischman, who did not work on this study, says if a new mom is struggling with breastfeeding, she may end up in a situation where “grandmother suggests to stop the silliness and give formula instead.” He believes the mothers and grandmothers of new moms also need to be educated about the benefits of breastfeeding because for their generations, feeding their babies formula was the norm.
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See also “Study finds breastfeeding reduces risk of diabetes for mums.” Our modern “fast-food” approach to just about everything has hurt both mothers and babies. It’s exciting to see such a big study confirming the fact that babies need their mothers and that the health benefits go both ways!