Tuesday, April 13, 2004

VOANews.com - WHO, UNICEF Launch Strategy to Encourage BreastfeedingSteve Baragona
12 Apr 2004, 22:49 UTC
"UNICEF and the World Health Organization have launched a global strategy to encourage breastfeeding. Currently, UNICEF figures show only 39 percent of mothers exclusively breastfeed their children for the first six months of life. The new action plan aims to double that figure over the next decade. Experts say breastfeeding makes for healthier babies. Mother's milk provides the best nutrition, and protects babies from diseases. But UNICEF's Miriam Labbok notes that the aggressive international marketing of infant formula has contributed to the decline of breastfeeding. ..."
PRESS RELEASE: Toilets and Breastfeeding…not a Clean Flush According to New Heights, Inc

"Hundreds of women across the country are being directed into filthy and unsanitary restrooms in order to breastfeed their babies. With little or no alternative, women often use restroom stalls designed specifically for individuals with disabilities or they leave the establishment altogether.

(PRWEB) April 13, 2004--Many public establishments across the country have yet to build “family rooms” that provides a gender friendly space where parents and guardians can tend to the care of their children. As a result, a small company located in Northern Virginia is on a giant mission to change those statistics.

As a single mom and part owner of New Heights, Inc., Ronna Stockard suggests that, “Any establishment can set aside as little as 200 square feet of space in order to accommodate a multitude of family care needs.” She went on to say that, “Fathers are especially frustrated by the lack of gender friendly facilities that are clean and safe for them to use as well....”