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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

debating breastfeeding

President Trump slammed the nytimes over their article on the U.S. opposing a global breastfeeding initiative. (Check out totz+today for the summary.) Reports accused the U.S. of putting infant formula companies interests before babies requirements and threatening smaller countries to oppose the initiative. In a tweet, the President responded. “The U.S. strongly supports breastfeeding but we don’t believe women should be denied access to formula. Many women need this option because of malnutrition and poverty.” But, how much does infant formula costs new parents? According to some research, breastfeeding could save families roughly $1,500 to $2,000 the first year. But what about the cost of lost wages if the mother works? Or the benefits of breastfeeding that cannot be calculated? What about the stigma placed on either breastfeeding or using infant formula? How can that be calculated? Advocates of the breastfeeding initiative were surprised the U.S. attempted to back the interests of infant formula since the "run-of-the-mill" document was "designed to reiterate the importance of breastfeeding and call on countries to bolster efforts to support mothers who want to breastfeed." The debate will continue... marketwatch
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