National Breastfeeding Week
Mother’s Milk not Infant Formula
To be absolutely transparent, I readily admit that I favor breastfeeding for new moms. I will discourage you from using infant formula for the same reason I would discourage you from feeding your six month old Gerber’s Baby Food. Each one can lead to many problems later in life–obesity and allergies–just to mention a couple of examples. Breastfeeding provides an emotional bond, as well, between mother and baby.
I was fortunate to discover, in an early stage of pregnancy, an organization that encouraged breastfeeding–not baby formula– as the best possible nutritional source for infants. Mother’s milk, during the first few days after birth, provides a baby with antibodies called colostrum.
The organization that supports breastfeeding is called La Leche League.
“La Leche” is a Spanish word and means simply “the milk.” The La Leche League was founded by seven nursing mothers in 1956 for the purpose of helping mothers who want to breastfeed their babies.”
I also recommend a cookbook by the La Leche League entitled “Mother’s in the Kitchen” which will provide you with nutritional recipes for your growing child.
Many years ago, I was privileged to attend a World Council of Churches meeting in which the subject of infant formula was the topic of discussion. At that time, there was a world wide outcry and a boycott of the Nestle’s company— producer and distributor of baby formula to third world countries.
Many churches around the world called for a fight against the harmful marketing practices of those companies producing artificial powdered baby milk (infant formula) to mothers of newborns. Because this is World Breastfeeding Week, I decided to put a link to the World Council of Churches publication from back in December of 1993 that still is as relevant today as it was back then as is the attached article by Nicholas Kristof in today’s New York Times.