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April 18, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Breast-feeding isn’t for everyone

Give all mothers support

All new moms need support for their feeding choices, not stigmatization from health-care providers, family, friends and society at large [“Breast-feeding is not always everyone’s best available option,” Opinion, April 13].

Beth’s story poignantly demonstrates just how much support all new parents need while caring for newborns.

She reminds us that regardless of a woman’s determination, sometimes there are reasons why breast-feeding is not an option. There are many crucial factors involved in breast-feeding an infant, some outside a woman’s control.

In recent generations, formula feeding had become the norm. Today, health professionals are working to normalize breast-feeding.

Medical evidence demonstrates that breast-feeding has short- and long-term health benefits. For this reason, we believe that breast-feeding advocates have a responsibility to work toward policies to increase awareness and support for breast-feeding moms.

We also believe that health experts have the responsibility to offer accurate information and adequate support for parents of newborns. It is clear that we are still working as a community toward this effort to support all families with babies.

Gwyn Jones, breast-feeding promotion coordinator, Public Health — Seattle & King County, Seattle

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