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Teresa Pitman <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 6 Aug 2008 15:27:59 -0400
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Grr. I just did an interview with a reporter from Canada's national 
newspaper, the Globe and Mail, about breastfeeding in public (there is a 
nurse-in planned for today at a clothing store where a nursing mom was told 
to move to a fitting room). I commented to the reporter that perhaps instead 
of trying to banish breastfeeding mothers we should be thanking them for 
benefitting the entire community. She said "huh? What do you mean?" I said 
that since breastfeeding protects babies from various illnesses, and 
formula-fed babies have higher rates of many illnesses and are more likely 
to be hospitalized, breastfeeding saves us all tax dollars. She seemed so 
surprised. She said "Is this documented? There's research to show breastfed 
babies are healthier?" Uh, yeah. I explained just a little - tip of the 
iceberg - and she says "Wow, that's an excellent point. That's amazing."

How do people not know this? How do you get to be an adult woman, reporter 
for a national newspaper, and not know that formula feeding increases the 
health risks to babies??

Ah well, one more person knows now.

Teresa Pitman 


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