Monday, January 13, 2014

Hungry children should be fed...

The practice of breastfeeding got an enormous public endorsement when Pope Francis told a group of mothers that breastfeeding was important and if their children were hungry, they should feed them, even if they were in the Sistine Chapel.  This is (probably unknowingly)  in line with the first suggested action  in the Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Breastfeeding, “Give mothers the support they need to breastfeed their babies.”

While public health and medical professionals have long been encouraging breastfeeding for its great value to infants and mothers, there remains some resistance as well as lack of knowledge about the very important role it plays in infant development.  There is often also some reluctance on the part of women to breastfeed in public places because it is not always well received, i.e., women are sometimes asked to move out of the public's view.

For a fuller explanation of the value of breast feeding go here: 2011 U.S. SurgeonGeneral's Call to Action .  For more information on the Pope’s statements on breastfeeding go to: NY Times Parenting Blog   or  Breastfeeding in the Sistine Chapel  .

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