Breastfeeding in the News (Again)

July 15, 2006

In case you missed it — unfortunately, I did! — Elizabeth Vargas did a piece about breastfeeding for 20/20. She summed up the government’s recent controversial ad campaign and mothers’ reactions to it:

“We need to be clear about this — that any amount of breast milk a baby gets is a gift,” said Alison Walsh, a mother who chose to breast-feed. But (Jen) Spitzer, who decided not to breast-feed, said that type of thinking makes her feel guilty. “Sitting next to you, being the person that bottle feeds, I almost feel as if you’re saying I didn’t give any gifts to my child.”

Despite their differences, there is one thing all women agree on: that the government’s ad campaign put the proverbial cart before the horse. A lot of laws and attitudes still need to change if breast-feeding is to make significant headway in the United States.

Amen! Here is a complete transcript of the interview, which was very objective IMHO. Happy Saturday all!