POST FROM DR. NEWMAN

He asked this to be shared widely and I agree.

“The article in Time Magazine August 4, 2015

In an article in Time on World Breastfeeding Week, a well-known blogger who often speaks out against breastfeeding has written another article which shows a lack of understanding of issues regarding breastfeeding.

The author states, as do many anti-breastfeeding writers, that the evidence for the “benefits of breastfeeding” are not well documented and that the studies are flawed. She should have mentioned that virtually all clinical studies are flawed because it is impossible two have two groups of people that are identical in any study. Yes, we can get two groups that are similar to compare, but not identical. However, the greatest flaw in her argument is that she believes that there is no good proof that breastfeeding is better. This is backwards thinking. Since when do we need to prove that the normal, physiological method of feeding infants and young children is better than the artificial method, the feeding used made in a factory? If one looks at the biochemistry of breastmilk and formula, the differences are huge. There is no question about this, no debate. That is science!

Furthermore, the formula companies admit themselves that their formulas are not the same, though they don’t says so openly. What their marketing does say is that “our new formula is improved”. Well, what does that mean? Either the “improvement” is of no importance, or it is of importance. If it is really much better, does that not mean that the previous formulas which were “improved” over the formula before them, were inadequate, not good enough?

The author bemoans the fact that so many mothers contact her with horror stories about their breastfeeding experiences. I too am upset about all the mothers having terrible experiences. The author blames breastfeeding for these problems, but the truth is that it is not breastfeeding that is the problem. It’s the lack of information, the lack of support from society in general and from health professionals more specifically that is the problem. There is no question that, with many exceptions of course, most health professionals, including obstetricians and pediatricians, don’t know the first thing about “practical” breastfeeding. They don’t know how to prevent problems or correct problems should problems occur and as a result, true, many mothers have terrible breastfeeding experiences. I know, I see them in our clinic every day. And I will state emphatically, these problems could have been prevented had the mothers received good help at the beginning. Furthermore in our clinic, we manage to help many women have a beautiful breastfeeding experience after a terrible beginning. I wish I could say we can help all mothers, but sometimes they come to us much too late.

The author also suggests that we “push” breastfeeding on mothers. What world does she live in? Formula is being pushed on mothers from day 1 of their pregnancies by formula company marketing, free samples from doctors and in hospital and in the mail. Bottle feeding images everywhere. Breastfeeding should at least have equal time, but it doesn’t.”

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