Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Breastmilk Protects the Children too

Like the judge, my main concern is for the safety and health of the children. Breast milk is vital in protecting these children as well.

Judge Walther acknowledged that she recognizes that breastfeeding has nutritional and bonding benefits and stated: "But every day in this country, we have mothers who go back to work after six weeks of maternity leave."

While that may be true, many of these mothers returning to work or school pump their breast milk for their infants, come home to breastfeed on breaks, utilize a lactation room in their workplace, and find other ways to logistically make it possible to give their child breast milk. Why? Because it is best and recommended. The World Health Organization, health care associations, and government health agencies affirm the scientific evidence of the clear superiority of human milk and of the hazards of artificial milk products. The World
Health Organization recommends that mothers exclusively breastfeed their infants for at least the first six months, continuing breastfeeding for two years and beyond.

Breastfeeding benefits infants and children nutritionally, immuniologically and psychologically.
FACT SHEET: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/bfextended/ebf-benefits.html#mother

Judge Walther: "The court has made a determination that the environment those children were in was not safe." "We don't place adult women in foster care." "Our main thing is to protect children from abuse and neglect."

Protecting these children from abuse and neglect should include protecting them from the risks of not breastfeeding: including the risk of SIDS, obesity, certain cancers, decreased IQ, diabetes, and many diseases and illnesses.

Read: http://www.promom.org/bf_info/why_bf.htm

The mother's are at risk as well:
"Health Risks of Not Breastfeeding": http://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/index.cfm?page=519

By Nicole Hoff

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