The cover of Time magazine is certainly an eye catcher but it certainly skips over some deep developmental issues that are critical to children. Now, think in terms of some 100 babies a year that are born to mothers in prison that are pulled away from their mothers within an hour or so of birth.
If the stats for the general population are ‘….About 44 per cent of United States mothers do at least some breast-feeding for six months. But only 15 per cent follow advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics that babies receive breast milk alone for that time span. And fewer still stick with breast-feeding for a year, also recommended by the academy….” then we may indeed be laying a trap for the children of the nation that will end up costing us big bucks down the road.
‘….But the academy’s latest update, published in March in the journal Pediatrics, lists the benefits of breast-feeding for at least several months and up to a year: Breast-fed infants have a lower risk of sudden infant death syndrome. They suffer fewer illnesses such as diarrhoea, earaches and pneumonia, because breast milk contains antibodies that help fend off infections until their own immune systems become robust. They are also less likely to develop asthma, or even to become fat later in childhood….’Time cover hides real issue of too few kids breast-feeding
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