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|Hello breastfeeding supporters and educators,
As you well know, the best food for a new child is breast milk. You also know that not everyone believes that fact. The formula companies have successfully "separated" today's woman from her breast, at least mentally. The leaders of the Le Leche League are trying to undue this unfortunate shift of culture, and we thank you for it.
As you may also know, many of these same "Big Corp" interests are attacking the Family Bed saying it can't be done safely. They, for all intensive purposes, have a firm grasp on America's idea about the ONLY safe place that a child should sleep, a safety approved crib. Co-sleeping or bed-sharing can be an integral part of most breastfeeding situations. It makes it easier, which helps extend the duration. However, there is a very real movement to officially label co-sleeping as NEGLECT. This would be a major step back for breastfeeding.
There are important bed-sharing guidelines that need to be followed, and not omitted. Public health departments and the general public are being bombarded with news stories calling for the end of co-sleeping. They say it's dangerous and can't be done safely. You as a professional know different.
Help get the message out to save this beneficial parenting choice. Please ask your successful co-sleeping families to help prove something that Mr. Big Corp would like to hide...that people can and are co-sleeping/bed-sharing safely.
www.co-sleepingsurvey.com is a 30 second survey that allows parents who have or are currently co-sleeping/bed-sharing to count themselves as safe parents. The website has been live for under a week and over 1000 people have signed up. Most of them are breastfeeding women. This number is desperately needed to prove that co-sleeping and bed-sharing can be done safely and the only thing that needs to be abolished is the discrimination against this valuable practice.