Saturday, April 3, 2010

Healthcare reform and breastfeeding

Breastfeeding support is included in the new healtcare reform package.  Read about it here.

It includes provisions for working mothers to be provided adequate, clean, non-bathroom places for breastfeeding or pumping breastmilk in the worksite with adequate unpaid break time for up to one year after the child's birth.

This is important recognition of the health benefits of breastfeeding.  It is an important part in the health and well-being of women and their children.


Breastfeeding saves lives.  Excerpt:
"The lives of nearly 900 babies would be saved each year, along with billions of dollars, if 90 percent of U.S. women breast-fed their babies for the first six months of life, a cost analysis says.

Those startling results, published online today in the journal Pediatrics, are only an estimate. But several experts who reviewed the analysis said the methods and conclusions seem sound.
"The health care system has got to be aware that breast-feeding makes a profound difference," said Dr. Ruth Lawrence, who heads the American Academy of Pediatrics' breast-feeding section.
The findings suggest that there are hundreds of deaths and many more costly illnesses each year from health problems that breast-feeding may help prevent. These include stomach viruses, ear infections, asthma, juvenile diabetes, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and even childhood leukemia.
The magnitude of health benefits linked to breast-feeding is vastly underappreciated, said lead author Dr. Melissa Bartick, an internist and instructor at Harvard Medical School. Breast-feeding is sometimes considered a lifestyle choice, but Bartick calls it a public health issue."
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