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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Breastfeeding in the News

There is a recent study that says that breastfed babies do better in highschool and go on to college, as compared to their bottlefed babies. Moms also benefit, especially moms with multiple sclerosis. Another study showed that exclusive breastfeeding helps protect multiple sclerosis moms against relapses of their diseases.

Recognizing the benefits to the moms and babies, legislators from various governments have acted to encourage and promote breastfeeding. In Nigeria, the Muslim Rights Concern is seeking the passage of legislation to compel mothers to breastfeed their babies for 2 years. In the US, Representative Caroyln B. Maloney of New York and Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon have reintroduced the Breastfeeding Promotion Act. US mombloggers are asking for support and have even created a Facebook page.

I'm happy to read all about these initiatives and benefits associated with breastfeeding. These will be very good material to add to the presentation before the employees' association in connection with our request for a lactation support program at my workplace.

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