Who knew that breastfeeding could be so newsworthy?
As a lactation consultant, it is part of my life to keep up with the most recent articles, research and controversies that happen in the breastfeeding world. However, I don’t think it is common knowledge for the rest of the humans I know to look for breastfeeding news. So when it hits big, it’s big.
That’s what happened last week, when the New York Times (and other news panels from around the globe) reported that the US was not in support of the WHA Infant and Young Child Feeding guidelines regarding breastfeeding. Actually, saying that the US was not in support is putting it mildly. According to the report, it was downright threatening.
This is really nothing new. This has been going on for decades, but for the last several years breastfeeding has really made a positive comeback. Support for breastfeeding mothers in hospitals, workplaces and at home has grown. New and amazing research is surfacing all the time to highlight the many benefits for mother, baby and the environment. What’s not to like? Organizations all over the world have recognized that breastfeeding saves the lives of thousands of mothers and babies a year. This is why the WHA has breastfeeding as part of the IYCF guidelines. To NOT recognize breastfeeding would be a sham.
This week on the Badass Breastfeeding Podcast, Dianne and Abby talk about the latest turn in the breastfeeding current events, and discuss some of the background on how all of this started so many years ago. Check it out!