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I think it reflects the general trend of focusing ...

2007-09-07T16:54:00.000-07:00

I think it reflects the general trend of focusing on children. Unfortunately, I think as a society we miss an important element to children's well-being - their parents' well-being. It's why I study women's health and not children's health. I often cite the airplane oxygen example - first place the air mask on yourself, then help children and disabled passengers. If as a society we really want our children to thrive, we need to make sure their caretakers are healthy, both physically and mentally.



I've often wondered why the benefits to mothers ar...

2007-09-05T16:52:00.000-07:00

I've often wondered why the benefits to mothers aren't given more press. Beyond the health benefits you described, the relative convenience and minimal expense of breastfeeding are significant positives.

Both of my girls gave it up on their own at about 5 months, and I wished they had kept up, not just for the sake of their health and mine, but also because I loathed spending all that money on formula.