Breastfeeding in public

I cam across an article in Babytalk magazine?¢‚Ǩ‚Äùyes, the same one that has much of the United States in an uproar, or so the media would have us believe?¢‚Ǩ‚Äùand i found a couple of items interesting. I thought I’d post them here.

A [USA] survey . . . published in The Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that 57 percent of those polled said that women should not have a right to breastfeed in public.

Only 10 percent of mothers who work full-time [still breastfeed] their baby at 6 months, according to a 2005 CDC report.

The Journal of the American Dietetic Association’s survey found that only 47 percent of [employers] favored longer maternity leaves, and only 43 percent supported giving women a private room to pump in at work.

A mom should breastfeed her baby for at least the first year of life, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.. . . In 2004 . . . about 70 percent of U.S. mothers reported that they had tried breastfeeding, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That’s up from 55 percent in 1993. . . . At 6 months, only 36 percent were still nursing. At 12 months, the number dips to 17 percent

Oh, and thanks to fMh for posting the link.

Ok Mary go for it (breastfeeding)

I read this in my mailbox today and thought oh this should get Mary’s hair up!! I too would like to get a copy of this so called letter. Both of my Primary councilors AND my secretary have toddlers that they nurse. If I had to wait for them to get out of the mother’s lounge to get anything done I would never see them!!

and I quote …”Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2006 6:36 AM
Subject: breastfeeding and church policy OT

I should say that did you know it’s against church policy to nurse your child during the meetings? A letter was read from the first presidency over the pulpit about 5 years ago. (unless my bishop made it up and said it was from the first presidency) We are encouraged to leave the room and nurse in the mothers lounge. I don’t think many mother’s do this, but I remember this letter well because I was a nursing mother at the time, and had nursed my baby (discreetly) during sacrament and relief society, but once I heard the letter I stopped. I think it’s important that although nursing is a part of your life and your babies….it may make some people uncomfortable. I guess that’s why they put the letter out.

Does anyone know where I can get a copy of this letter? It’s unusual to have a policy that only applies to the United States and having lived out of this country for a couple of years, I know not all church buildings are set up with a nursing room. My sil went to Haiti on his mission and many women there just remove their top to nurse and nurse wherever they are. I would really like to read the exact wording of the letter. As far as nursing your babies go, I would do my best to be in Primary but wouldn’t feel bad if my baby needed to nurse during primary at first. I’m sure the PP will cover for you. Relax and enjoy this time with your little one. The time you have with them is so short. My youngest is now 8 and I can’t believe how quickly time flies.