I am extremely happy to relate that Jackson Memorial Hospital, the main Public Hospital for Miami-Dade County, Florida, has stopped presenting New Mom’s with those Formula Kits, which are provided by the Corporate Sponsors of Formula. I wish that this would be a trend that is taking place–around the World!
The World Health Organization (WHO) has advocated that Newborns only need Mom’s “Real Thing” for at least the first six months of Life. Studies have found that even extremely malnourished Women in the most impoverished conditions can provide sufficient Breast Milk to nourish their Baby. Remember, that’s why we are called Mammals!
The major corporations that sell formula had previously signed-onto an Agreement to not over-market formula in Developing Markets; but, unfortunately, they have broken that promise–in search of the almighty Dollar. And, in cases where a New Mom just cannot produce enough breast milk to feed their Newborns, many Hospitals–at least in Developed Countries–have Breast Milk Banks, to share what’s best for the Baby.
You know the usual Cast of Characters who influence New Moms to use Formula–even though it might not be the Healthiest alternative for Baby. Just look on your Supermarket Shelves: Enfamil (Meade Johnson); Gerber (Nestle); Similac (Abbott Labs); etc. Are these companies any different than the ones that heavily-advertise sugary foods and cereals on TV Programs that are oriented toward Very Young Children? If you don’t have Small Children, simply avoid the Corporate Parents.
It’s too bad that more Hospitals do not refuse the Formula Kits; because, Breast Milk has numerous benefits, both for Baby and Mom: antitoxins are passed from Mom to Newborn, promoting healthier Babies; it provides a Natural Bonding Mechanism for the Baby and it provides a peaceful, less stressful period at both ends of the Nipple.
New Moms and Moms-to-be can seek advice from Family Members, their Pediatrician and Non-Profit Organizations like La Leche League. Many Hospitals provide for a Breastfeeding Coach–a nurse–who can also be helpful. Happy Nursing!
Note: Although soon to be sixteen months old next Monday, Henry still enjoys a refreshing nip every now and then.