Breastfeeding USA joins the call to #closethecamps and end the unlawful and immoral treatment of migrant children and families.
Did you know that babies breastfeed for a wide variety of reasons—with hunger being just one of them?
My second son was born at 40+3 and got off to a rough start. He was in a posterior position and ended up being born ear and cheek first. He was stuck with the cord wrapped around his neck, had shoulder dystocia, meconium aspiration, and was hypoxic. They took him to the bedside cart and worked on him right away, trying to get him to cry…meanwhile my husband, my mom and I were crying, anticipating hearing his cry. His APGAR was a 1 when he first came out, was a 5 five minutes later, and then was a 9 five minutes after that. Afterwards, I was FINALLY able to have skin to skin with him.
Do any of the following statements sound familiar?
“You need to rest, so you should supplement with formula.”
"Your baby has jaundice, so you should supplement with formula.”
“Your milk hasn’t come in yet, so you need to feed formula.”
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Consider this excerpt from The American Academy of Pediatrics Clinical Report: “Many mothers are inappropriately advised to discontinue breastfeeding or avoid taking essential medications because of fears of adverse effects on their infants. This cautious approach may be unnecessary in many cases, because only a small proportion of medications are contraindicated in breastfeeding mothers or associated with adverse effects on their infants.”11
Families belong together, in part because the biological norm of breastfeeding does not stop at a nation’s border. Breastfeeding USA condemns the separation of children from their families, and especially separation of nursing children from their parents. Human babies are extremely vulnerable for a long period of time. Their normal neurobiological development requires prolonged access to the mother.
Our newsletter reaches out to all members, volunteers, and donors to Breastfeeding USA, AND to all those who breastfeed and who provide vital support to mothers and children.