Study Finds Breastfeeding Can Save Lives
Breastfeeding is vital according to experts.
Results from a study published online in the journal Pediatrics on Monday revealed that the lives of almost 900 babies could be saved each year if 90 percent of American women breastfed their babies for the first six months of life.
“The health care system has got to be aware that breastfeeding makes a profound difference,” Dr. Ruth Lawrence, who heads the American Academy of Pediatrics’ breastfeeding section, stated.
Hundreds of deaths and costly illnesses occur every year from health problems that breastfeeding may help prevent, such as ear infections, asthma, stomach viruses and even Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, according to the study.
Dr. Melissa Bartick, an instructor and internist at Harvard Medical School, says hospital personnel need to stop offering formula to new mothers.
“Hospital practices need to change to be more in line with evidence-based care,” Bartick stated. “We really shouldn’t be blaming mothers for this.” (FOX News)