"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, in The Politics of Breastfeeding
Thursday, April 8, 2010
"Breasts: Food for Baby, Fun for Daddy"
This is from a bumper sticker I have...hubby begged me not to put it on our car, though, so it makes me smile every time I open the fridge instead.
On a more serious note--I feel my blog would not be completely addressing its goal (feeding your family in a healthy way) without mentioning breastfeeding. There is a great article on the benefits of breastfeeding in this weeks news. The study, here, found that billions of dollars and the lives of 900 babies would be saved every year if 90% of women breastfed for just six months. I've read alot of articles and blogs following this study arguing the reality of this breastfeeding rate. I realize there are many obstacles for women (time, workplace pumping, the push of formula...). But I also think the research is compelling, and hopefully it will act as a great springboard for increasing support for breastfeeding women in the hospital, the workplace, and public places.