Thursday, May 15, 2003

spiked-life | Column | Who needs Breastfeeding Awareness Week? Who needs Breastfeeding Awareness Week?

"It's national breastfeeding awareness week - and the moralists have got the teat between their teeth (1).

The UK Department of Health on Monday advised mothers to breastfeed their babies exclusively at least for the first six months of their lives, as 'exclusive breastfeeding …provides all the nutrients a baby needs' (2).

This brings the UK's recommendation into line with that of the World Health Organisation (WHO). It has won the government friends in the Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association, the Royal College of Midwives, and those champions of earth-motherhood, the National Childbirth Trust (NCT); and it has made absolutely clear who the enemy is: those irresponsible formula-milk mothers, who turn to the bottle when things get rough...."

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