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Forum: Lactivism   07-02-2014, 08:51 AM
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Posted By devoted2kids
An open letter to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Background: On June 9, 2014, Sylvia Mathews Burwell was sworn in as the new Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Dear Secretary Burwell,
Congratulations on your...
Forum: Lactivism   06-18-2014, 09:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 485
Posted By devoted2kids
A message to the leaders of the American Academy of Pediatrics

The following is a quote from the “Sample Hospital Breastfeeding Policy for Newborns” published by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2009: “The hospital will not provide formula marketing...
Forum: Lactivism   05-21-2014, 07:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 485
Posted By devoted2kids
Breastfeeding is almost universally considered...

Breastfeeding is almost universally considered to be the most beneficial method of feeding infants. Breastfeeding cannot compete with the amount of revenue generated from the sale of formula. Money...
Forum: Lactivism   04-15-2014, 07:11 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,487
Posted By devoted2kids
Kathleen Sebelius has resigned as Secretary of...

Kathleen Sebelius has resigned as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. President Obama has nominated Sylvia Mathews Burwell to become the new Secretary of DHHS. Ms. Burwell...
Forum: Lactivism   04-08-2014, 07:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 485
Posted By devoted2kids
Has anyone received an explanation from the...

Has anyone received an explanation from the American Academy of Pediatrics about why they have endorsed the practice of providing formula gift bags to new mothers in hospitals?

Any professional...
Forum: Lactivism   04-02-2014, 06:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 485
Posted By devoted2kids
The manufacturers of formula make deals with...

The manufacturers of formula make deals with hospitals to have hospital staff members (usually nurses) give new mothers gift bags which contain free formula and other formula related baby items....
Forum: Lactivism   03-31-2014, 11:54 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,487
Posted By devoted2kids
If the Obama administration sincerely cared...

If the Obama administration sincerely cared about the health of young Americans they would do everything in their power to increase the number of infants who are breastfed. As you can see from the...
Forum: Lactivism   03-31-2014, 09:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 254
Posted By devoted2kids
The slogan of the AAP is “Dedicated to the...

The slogan of the AAP is “Dedicated to the health of all children.” Perhaps they should have included a disclaimer to that slogan – “However, we are not fully dedicated to the health of all...
Forum: Lactivism   03-17-2014, 09:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 254
Posted By devoted2kids
The manufacturers of formula make deals with...

The manufacturers of formula make deals with hospitals to have hospital staff members (usually nurses) give new mothers free gift bags which contain formula and other formula related baby items....
Forum: Lactivism   01-02-2014, 08:49 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,487
Posted By devoted2kids
Sphinxy - first, congratulations on the birth of...

Sphinxy - first, congratulations on the birth of W! You are very fortunate to have received good breastfeeding support while in the hospital AND from your insurance company. Your experience is not...
Forum: Lactivism   10-23-2013, 11:25 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,487
Posted By devoted2kids
Even though breastfeeding is a small part of the...

Even though breastfeeding is a small part of the overall health care system, it is important enough to be recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force as a preventive health service for...
Forum: Lactivism   10-22-2013, 07:34 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,487
Posted By devoted2kids
With all due respect Mr. President, if your...

With all due respect Mr. President, if your administration can't even get breastfeeding support done properly under the Affordable Care Act, why should we have any confidence that the Federal...
Forum: Lactivism   10-14-2013, 01:04 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,487
Posted By devoted2kids
I would like to make the following 5 suggestions...

I would like to make the following 5 suggestions to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius:
 
1. Stop the games you've been playing with regard to supporting...
Forum: Lactivism   10-09-2013, 10:37 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,487
Posted By devoted2kids
I first want to acknowledge that there are some...

I first want to acknowledge that there are some very legitimate reasons why some moms formula feed. Some of those moms end up formula feeding because they are not receiving the help they need to...
Forum: Lactivism   10-07-2013, 12:40 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,487
Posted By devoted2kids
The employees at hospitals give free formula to...

The employees at hospitals give free formula to new moms because the hospital gets a break from the formula manufacturer on the price it pays for formula. Some people would call that a kickback....
Forum: Lactivism   10-03-2013, 02:08 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,487
Posted By devoted2kids
MaggieLC - Great post! There is a very good...

MaggieLC - Great post! There is a very good reason why you are frustrated. To help explain that reason, here's a quote from a July 18, 2013 press release from the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee: the...
Forum: Lactivism   09-19-2013, 06:47 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,487
Posted By devoted2kids
Last week I attended a fund raising event at a...

Last week I attended a fund raising event at a non-profit pregnancy resource center. In her speech, the executive director of the organization gave a couple of examples of how her organization is...
Forum: Lactivism   08-28-2013, 08:45 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,487
Posted By devoted2kids
In a perfect world there would be no need to...

In a perfect world there would be no need to "promote" breastfeeding because pregnant women would be encouraged to breastfeed by the father of the child and other family members. Unfortunately,...
Forum: Lactivism   08-19-2013, 12:39 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,487
Posted By devoted2kids
Insurance companies do care about the health of...

Insurance companies do care about the health of the people they insure. They lose money when their customers get sick and file insurance claims.
 
There is documented evidence that, in children,...
Forum: Lactivism   08-19-2013, 10:23 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,487
Posted By devoted2kids
According to the study "Clinical Preventive...

According to the study "Clinical Preventive Services for Women", published in 2011 by the National Academy of Sciences, on page 110, "A recent study concluded that if 90 percent of all children were...
Forum: Lactivism   08-13-2013, 06:36 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,487
Posted By devoted2kids
The WIC Program ran a tv advertising campaign...

The WIC Program ran a tv advertising campaign promoting the benefits of breastfeeding. That campaign was quite successful, particularly among young, single women who are less likely to have family...
Forum: Lactivism   08-12-2013, 08:12 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,487
Posted By devoted2kids
As far as covering breast pumps... yes, yes,...

As far as covering breast pumps... yes, yes, yes. However, the details on how to best accomplish that have not yet been determined. Some insurance companies have provided inappropriate and/or cheap...
Forum: Lactivism   08-05-2013, 09:50 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,487
Posted By devoted2kids
The Affordable Care Act (aka: Obamacare)...

The Affordable Care Act (aka: Obamacare) mandates that "A group health plan and a health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall, at a minimum, provide coverage...
Forum: Breastfeeding   10-30-2006, 12:01 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,535
Posted By devoted2kids
I think hospitals create far more problems with...

I think hospitals create far more problems with breastfeeding promotion than WIC does. The "medical professionals" at hospitals interact with young mothers at a very vulnerable time... just when...
Forum: Lactivism   09-20-2006, 12:09 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,361
Posted By devoted2kids
Some third world countries have better...

Some third world countries have better breastfeeding rates than the U.S. One reason might be because in those countries they don't have "health care" professionals handing out free formula.
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