Some of my friends have admitted to me that the reasons they weren’t able to continue breast-feeding was because it was painful, it takes too much time, it’s too sporadic, and formula is just convenient. Fair enough. I’ve never had a child, so I’m just going to take what my friends have stated as legitimate, valid reasoning as to why breast-feeding just isn’t for every mother.
That being said, I came across an article the other day about the state of Michigan urging mothers to breast feed. I actually thought it was a little odd. I’m of the opinion that even with the benefits of breast-feeding the “State” really should not have much influence on what route a mother decides to take with her child. The article made some pretty interesting points:
“Seven in 10 Michigan mothers breast-feed their babies at least one time — fewer than in most states — and those rates decline quickly in the first months of life.”
“So the Michigan Department of Community Health has rolled out a nearly $1-million advertising blitz with the message: Breastmilk: Every Ounce Counts.”
“”Our job is not to decide whether moms should breast-feed … or not breast-feed. That’s their choice,” said Julie Lothamer, breast-feeding and nutrition consultant for the Michigan Department of Community Health. “I just don’t want anyone to ever say, ‘No one ever told me’ ” about the health benefits.””