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When new, young mothers receive the free formula gift bags from health care professionals at the hospital they are given the impression that formula is the best method of feeding infants because that's what the people at the hospital endorse. Fortunately, the mothers who have already decided to bf can see right through this marketing scheme. I applaud you for your efforts to try to bf. If all mothers had the knowledge about bf that you obviously do, and if they also put...
Currently, the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Breastfeeding (their breastfeeding committee) agrees with the WHO.... exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months. However, the AAP's Committee on Nutrition supports the introduction of "complimentary foods between 4 and 6 months of age when safe and nutritious complimentary foods are available." For the millions of parents who turn to the professionals for advice in an effort to do what is best for their...
In 1984 a report by the U.S. Surgeon General cited "woman given infant formula kit and infant food literature" as a hospital practice which strongly discourages breastfeeding initiation. The United States Breastfeeding Committee is an organization made up of government agencies and non-government organizations. Their list of members includes the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Osteopathic...
I think we can all agree that breastmilk is better for infants in most cases. The breastfeeding policy statement issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics, as well as references to a large volume of reports and studies, can be seen at: http://aappolicy.aappublications.org...rics;115/2/496 In spite of all of the documented evidence proving that breastfeeding is the best method of feeding infants, hospitals continue the practice of handing out free infant formula to...
lacysmomy, You seem to be quite familiar with WIC. You probably know about the IOM report "WIC Food Packages, Time For a Change." The FNS/USDA commissioned the study. The IOM was instructed to keep their suggestions "cost neutral." It would seem like a very cost neutral suggestion that the IOM could have made would be to suggest that all hospitals end the practice of giving away free formula to new moms. The health care profession has sold out to the formula companies. If...
Infant formula is the sole source of nutrition for fully formula-fed infants from birth through approx. 6 months of age. The person most affected by the decision to formula feed is the infant, even though the person making the decision to formula feed is the mother (and/or father). The decision to formula feed is not always in the best interest of the child. The choice is often a matter of convenience, based in part by the perception created by the marketing departments of...
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a federal program run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It covers nearly 50% of all infants born in the U.S. Throughout the U.S. there are approx. 700,000 fully formula-fed infants 0 to 6 months receiving formula from the WIC Program. States are required to solicit bids from formula companies. The bid process is complicated, but the bottom line is that the company offering the highest...
DoctorJen, If you have not done so already, do a search for "American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement on breastfeeding." Also, for ideas on thoughts you may want to convey in future presentations, look at the following threads under this forum: Hospital support? Or mixed message? DH's thoughts on formula samples.... Good luck!
Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians strongly endorse breastfeeding. The following is from the AAP's position paper on breastfeeding, "From its inception, the American Academy of Pediatrics has been a staunch advocate of breastfeeding as the optimal form of nutrition for infants." Oh really!? You would think if these 2 very influential organizations were that serious about supporting breastfeeding, the hospitals would...
I'll let the following questions speak for themselves without preliminary comment. 1. At what point did you choose to breastfeed? 2. Was the hospital staff helpful and supportive of your decision to breastfeed? 3. Did you receive, or were you offered, free formula when you left the hospital with your newborn infant? 4. What city or state do you live in? (This might help prepare women in certain areas as to what to expect during their hospital stay) Now when...
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