Thursday, July 22, 2010

Breastfeeding misinformation

From (see the trailer too):
After receiving little support amidst her breastfeeding difficulties in the hospital after the birth of her first child, Leslie Ott felt as though she could do nothing more and resorted to feeding her baby infant formula after feeling threatened by the pediatrician when told that her baby would have to remain in the hospital if she did not.

Once home the situation worsened, her baby would not latch correctly and the severity of the pain in her failed breastfeeding attempts only increased. Thankfully Leslie chose to ignore the misinformation she received and set out to educate herself on all things breastfeeding resulting in successful 22 month nursing relationship.

Becoming more and more aware of how frequently women receive inaccurate information and believed in common myths surrounding breastfeeding on top of the lack of full support from their physicians, Leslie set out to increase breastfeeding awareness and show how important breastfeeding certainly is.


"If a multinational company developed a product that was a nutritionally balanced and delicious food, a wonder drug that both prevented and treated disease, cost almost nothing to produce and could be delivered in quantities controlled by the consumers' needs, the very announcement of their find would send their shares rocketing to the top of the stock market. The scientists who developed the product would win prizes and the wealth and influence of everyone involved would increase dramatically. Women have been producing such a miraculous substance, breastmilk, since the beginning of human existence..."

Gabrielle Palmer,
The Politics of Breastfeeding, London: Pandora Press, 1988, page 1

Hospitals do sometimes supplement even healthy, term or near-term infants in their zeal for weight gain. It is often up to the mother to seek the right kind of help to give her baby the best start with exclusive breastfeeding. Learn more about breastfeeding so you will be an informed consumer.
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