Women should have a choice
by Desireé B. Watkins
April 18, 2005
"For example, if a woman wants to pursue an active career
outside the home, breast-feeding is often impractical. Infant
formula provides the freedom that many women want, and deserve.
Trying to make formula anathema is to thrust such women back
to the Dark Ages."
Does this guy even KNOW anyone who breastfeeds? I have
exclusively breastfed two children while working fulltime outside
the home. Sure, it may not have been the most convenient
way to nurture my children, but I felt it was the BEST nutrition
available and I wouldn't change a thing. Why pay more money
to give my baby inferior nutrition. I wholeheartedly agree
with the WHOs policy. Why give an inferior product to poor
children? They are the ones who REALLY need the benefits
Breastfeeding provided me with the freedom that I wanted.
I didn't have to get up in the middle of the night to prepare
2 am feedings, so I was able to get a full night's rest and be
100% prepared for work the next day. I didn't have to worry
about choosing the right formula for my baby; I know
that my body produced exactly what my baby needed. Then
there's the financial freedom. I don't have to pay for
formula. I pay a LOT less for doctor visits. My daughter
is 14 months and has never had to go to the doctor for a
"Nestle sells more infant formula in a healthy nation like
Belgium than it does in all of Africa, which has 60 times Belgium's
population. The best way to boost good health in Africa is to
boost African economies. And time-saving technologies like infant
formula can help."
So, we should improve the health of African children by promoting
a less healthful feeding alternative? Need I say
"This means that Africans should be able to choose, and
not to be scared or shamed into breast-feeding. Radicals and
their supporters at the WHO, however, want to keep African women,
in effect, barefoot, denying them the choice, as they modernize,
of a healthy, convenient product."
I agree that women should be able to choose how to feed their
children. I just also believe that they should be given
complete information from an impartial third party, preferably,
someone with medical education, not Nestlé, Carnation,
Enfamil and their ilk.
Desireé B. Watkins
Woodstock, GA - USA
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