by Pam Jackson
April 07, 2005
As a Community Health Nurse, I am so saddened by Mr. Glassman's
commentary. Finally, now after many years, the American
Academy of Pediatrics is promoting breastfeeding in a more progressive
way. It is so upsetting that his words regarding third
world infant mortality are taken as fact. Does he
realize that only 1 in 3 human beings on Earth have clean water?
And that particular type water is needed for infant formula to
be utilized correctly? Often it is watered down and/or
has harmful bacteria--which is exactly what causes the death
that WHO is trying to prevent. While in this country,
one can "afford" the option of breastfeeding or giving
artificial baby's milk, it is not a viable option for the third
I will not even begin to argue about all the advantages of breastfeeding
since this email could become book-like. Obviously, Mr.
Glassman was not breastfed any length of time. But I do
proffer that WHO does care about babies and moms and realizes
what companies like Nestle care about: their bottom line--MONEY.
As with many things in medicine, we are constantly finding that
what is practiced is not exactly evidence-based. Perhaps
the majority of the American public do not realize that.
As for proven studies on infant formula, I am still a skeptic.
Maybe looking at some of the studies on first year of life doctor's
visits that compare breastfed babies to formula fed babies might
enlighten Mr. Glassman. Yes, certainly infant formula is
better than NO milk, but really it is a poor substitute and technically
should be used only as a last resort--sort of like medicine.
Alas, there have been almost two generations of formula fed babies.
And the formula companies continue with their brilliant marketing
strategies. And please let us not forget the mega dairy
surpluses that need to be processed into formula.
In summary, I respectfully have to differ with Mr. Glassman.
And his article alone will convince many women to not even
try breastfeeding, since a published person says that formula
is just as good. He should be thankful that WHO cares
so much for infants and mothers. A thought came to my mind:
Is it possible that Mr. Glassman is in the pocket of the American
Thanks for your time.
Time for Congress to get serious about
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