Wednesday, May 08, 2002

NIPPLE NAZI DISPATCH: There was a great pro-breastfeeding piece on NPR this morning about the correlation between breastfeeding and IQ. It's stories like this that keep me listening. Sometimes formula feeders claim they are attacked by pro-breastfeeders on every side, but with only 60% of women breastfeeding when they leave the hospital and only 20% doing so after 6 months, the message that breast is best still needs to be sounded loud and clear. I wish NPR had added that both the American Association of Pediatricians and the World Health Organization recommend nursing exclusively for 6 months and continuing for at least a year. (Here's a link to the WHO/UNICEF "Declaration on the Protection, Promotion and Support of Breastfeeding.") Sure, I usually ignore both of these organizations, but this time they're actually right about something. UPDATE: Here's a Washington Post link to the same story.

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