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It would be great if KPBS could talk about ways to better educate women about breastfeeding -- education on the benefits of breastfeeding do not reach all populations. How can we reach these populations that do not have access to the literature, blogs, etc. due to cultural practices and norms. The program should include information about what resources are available in San Diego for this purpose and how to access them.
We need to do a better job informing women about the benefits for mother and child. However, the education cannot stop there. Women must be educated about the difficulties that often accompany breastfeeding and how to overcome them. Women often stop breastfeeding because it is hard, especially at the beginning! In our society, as new mothers, we are quite isolated. We are not surrounded by a "community" that supports mothers. Mothers are expected to do so much and the way our society is set up we do not have a great deal of support from our communities.
Formula is a great option and we are so fortunate that it is readily available with a clean water supply in our country. However, women often use formula not because of medical necessity but because of lack of support publicly and in their own household. We need a cultural change in our country in order to experience the public health benefits of breastfeeding that have been in the news of late. How can we work on this cultural change in San Diego?
August 19, 2010 at 9:22 p.m.
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