Is a Call to Action for Breastfeeding enough?

Last week the U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action for Breastfeeding made the news. The CDC says 75 percent of babies are initially breastfed but by six months only 13 percent are exclusively breastfed. Since I have a 2 month old and am currently breastfeeding — but not without struggles– this hits home. There’s been a lot of talk about more workplace and family support. I think that’s important, but I have to say that it’s the technical issues that often thwart breastfeeding efforts. There needs to be more affordable help out there for these issues.  I think we need to get real…breastfeeding is natural, but not easy for many, many women. Cracked nipples, clogged ducts, mastitis, latch problems, not producing enough milk…well, the list of potential issues is pretty vast. I live minutes from a wonderful resource called The Pump Station. I also have access to people I can ask for help. Still, I’ve had major issues. What about women who don’t have these resources? What about the women who can’t afford to pay $250 to have a lactation consultant visit their homes? I think people haven’t talked enough about technical help for breastfeeding moms. A call to action is a nice first step, but what we really need is solid help…we need every pediatrician, midwife and OB/GYN to be able to diagnosis breastfeeding issues and offer treatment and strategies for nursing moms. Until that happens, the breastfeeding rates won’t budge.

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