The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends nothing but breast milk for the first six months of life, and continued breastfeeding for 12 months, when possible. The Federal and state governments have set these as public health goals. However, the achievement of these goals is unequally distributed according to race/ethnicity and education level, according to a new report.
This is not just a matter of awareness, although that is part of the story. Among the many barriers to breastfeeding are the potential problems for working moms, and the fact that only some places protect mothers’ right to breastfeed in public.
There are many sources of support for breastfeeding, for sure. But maybe it would catch on more if people could post their pictures on Facebook, or if people got the breasfeeding doll for their daughters: