Monday, April 5, 2010

IMHO: "Study: Lack of breastfeeding costs lives, billions of dollars"

Here's my opinion on new article released today, "Study: Lack of breastfeeding costs lives, billions of dollars"
(Article from CNN Health by Miriam Falco(CNN) -- 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.

"The United States incurs $13 billion in excess costs annually and suffers 911 preventable deaths per year because our breastfeeding rates fall far below medical recommendations," the report said.

Read full article here.

What is even better than the article, is the comments people post at the bottom!  It's a full-on brawl.  Who's right, who's better; breast-feeders vs. non-breast-feeders; working moms vs. stay-at-home moms. 

Personally, I exclusively breast fed both my daughters for over six months, and went back to work at 3-4 months.  Carried my Big Bertha (Medela Pump in Style) double pump everywhere I went, pumped twice a day in the bathroom at work, endured some very embarrassing moments, and I had a freezer full of breast milk to show for it.  It was hard work, that took some good time management and organization, but a choice I wasn't willing to compromise on. 

I'm not a whip-it-out in public sort of girl either.  I don't care if I had a hooter hider, it still made me very uncomfortable. My girls did not like covers over their heads and they would try to hit or kick off the cover and make a scene.  Now, I look back fondly at that special time I had with them, nursing them and providing them optimal nutrition.  It was so all-compassing at the time and now it's a faint memory. 

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