There are some specific things that you can start doing today
to bring about a change in the bottle-feeding culture. Below are
a just a few of them.
First, write your senators
and representatives and ask them to sponsor legislation
that would implement the WHO
Code, require effective warning labels on formula packaging,
fund general public's as well as medical professionals' education
in breastfeeding and mandate hospitals become "baby
friendly" to receive federal funds. Contact your state and local
Become a National
Breastfeeding MediaWatch media watcher, looking for and
responding to both positive and negative portrayals of breastfeeding
in the media.
Join a breastfeeding
advocacy organization and support it with your funds. Contact
the media regarding both good and bad messages about breastfeeding
that you see. Write letters to the editor. Ask to see more positive
images of breastfeeding, and to see more truthful depiction of the
hazards of formula.
Contact your local school board. Ask if breastfeeding is part of
the human development curriculum. If not, ask why not? After all,
we teach nutrition, don't we? And aren't most of the kids in our
school system going to be parents someday?
Nestle. It is the most egregious violator of the WHO Code,
and should be pressured to stop pushing formula on babies who don't
need it, and would be much better off without it.
Ask your own OB/GYN, family practitioner,
pediatrician, HMO, health clinic, etc., what they are doing to encourage
and educate mothers about the advantages of breastfeeding and
what have they done to education themselves about the physiology
and management of human lactation. Tell them about the lactation
resources for medical professionals.
If you are a medical professional, contact your colleagues about
these issues. Work towards inclusion of human lactation in medical
and nursing school curricula. Do research on the effects of breastfeeding
versus formula feeding on the health of your patients and publish
Convey a positive attitude toward breastfeeding to your friends
and family. Give a "thumbs-up" to mothers you see breastfeeding
in public. Breastfeed your children for as long as you and they
wish to do so.
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