Breastfeeding Favored By The Government; Health Care Professionals Instructed To Encourage More Mothers

By Dianne Franc, Parent Herald October 27, 11:17 pm
Kiki Valentine breastfeeds her 9-week-old son, Hart Valentine, on the steps of City Hall during a ralley to support breastfeeding in public on August 8, 2014 in New York City.
(Photo : Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Breastfeeding is now being supported even more by doctors and other health care providers. Mothers are highly encouraged to breastfeed their babies because of the many benefits it would give them. This news started blowing up the Internet on October 25.

In an article published by The LA Times, there are some new guidelines that the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) have given out in line with health care professionals providing awareness to mothers about breastfeeding. They said that these professionals should sit down and formally talk about the benefits of breastfeeding to women even before they get pregnant, during their pregnancy and after they give birth. It is good that they are reminded that they should not cease on giving it a chance, especially now that there are many alternatives in feeding the babies their first food.

On the other hand, it is also a government designed activity to have at least 81.9% of new moms to breastfeed their newly born babies. This is part of their goal for the Healthy People 2020 project. There is a huge gap when mothers stop breastfeeding their child after 6 months of doing it and apparently, that could contribute to the health of a child in a negative way. This is why the government is now urging health care professionals to be more diligent in encouraging mothers to breastfeed their infants.

Fox News also reported this with a statement from Ann Kurth, who is a member of the USPSTF. She said that although breastfeeding is highly encouraged, women should still be given a choice, as to whether to breastfeed their babies or not. At the end of the day, mothers would still have to make a personal decision about it.

Are you in favor of breastfeeding? Share your experiences with it if you have any.

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