Well­ness Arti­cles

Breast-​Feeding Rate Rises

USA Today, Decem­ber 2, 2002 issue reports that US women are breast feed­ing their infants in record num­bers. The arti­cle says that more women are breast feed­ing today than in the last 50 years. Accord­ing to the 2001 poll by Ross Prod­ucts Divi­sion of Abbott Lab­o­ra­to­ries, seven out of 10 women nurse in the hos­pi­tal and a third are still doing it six months later. The sta­tis­tics came from a sur­vey of about 400,000 mothers.

Ruth Lawrence, a neona­tol­o­gist and nutri­tion expert at Uni­ver­sity of Rochester (N.Y.) Med­ical School says, “It’s the best news I’ve heard for chil­dren in a long time.” Accord­ing to the arti­cle the rea­sons that more women are breast feed­ing are numer­ous. Fam­ily law attor­ney Eliz­a­beth Bald­win of Fort Laud­erdale says that over the past sev­eral years, nearly half of the states passed laws to pro­tect a woman’s right to breast-​feed in pub­lic. Addi­tion­ally, edu­ca­tion about the ben­e­fits of breast feed­ing along with the incen­tives in pri­vate and gov­ern­ment pro­grams is cited by the arti­cle as increases in breast­feed­ing rates.

Some of the listed ben­e­fits of breast­feed­ing include, decreased inci­dence of ear, gas­troin­testi­nal and uri­nary tract infec­tions. The story goes on to say that infants who are nursed for a few months also are less prone to child­hood can­cers, par­tic­u­larly leukemia, and also greatly reduces a child’s risk for dia­betes. Addi­tion­ally, breast milk has been shown to strengthen the baby’s immune system.

Ran­dom Article

An arti­cle from the May 14, 2001 issue of WebMD showed unex­pected addi­tional ben­e­fits of breast-​feeding to both mother and child. The

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