Here is my letter to the editor:
To the Editor:
I was excited to pick up your magazine with the cover story "Body After Baby." I don’t usually buy your magazine, but since I recently have had another child, I was interested to see what your story offered.
I was extremely disappointed in the adjoining article "Nature's Diet?" on page 124 regarding breast-feeding and losing weight.
The following quote by Dr. Steven R. Goldstein was totally unnecessary and is potentially damaging to all children: "For every woman who claims she lost weight nursing...nine claim they didn't until they stopped.".
Our culture is dominated by media that glorifies unhealthy images of thin women. To encourage early weaning or to not breastfeed at all is horribly negligent, both to women and children.
Babies who are not breastfed and are fed artificial baby milk are at huge risk for ear infections, obesity, Juvenile Diabetes and a whole range of other maladies. Women who choose to not breastfeed put themselves at greater risk for getting breast cancer.
I would like to refer you to the American Academy of Pediatrics, which recommends a minimum of 1 year of breastfeeding as well as the World Health Organization, which recommends a minimum of 2 years of breastfeeding. Here are their sites:http://www.aap.org/policy/re9729.htmlhttp://www.who.int/
Whenever we, as a community, talk about breastfeeding we must do so in the most accurate light as possible. Dr. Goldstein’s comment is not based in fact but is annecdotal and can easily be misconstrued as medical advice.
Please retract Dr. Goldstein’s statement and print an accurate reflection of the benefits of breastfeeding. Until so, I plan to boycott your magazine.
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