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Breastfeeding your baby should be your first choice. Here are some tips to help you get the hang of it and make sure your baby gets the nutrition it needs.
The US Department of Health and Human Services lists the benefits of breastfeeding to the baby, to the mother, and to society. On their website, they also include the health risks of not breastfeeding. Click on the header to see the benefits.
As reported in an article by Gardiner Harris in the New York Times, "about 77 percent of new mothers breast-feed their infants at least briefly, the highest rate seen in the United States in more than a decade, according to a government survey released on Wednesday."
It is doubtful that you could find a midwife who doesn't support and promote breastfeeding. Breastfeeding has been shown conclusively in research studies to provide benefits to baby and mother that just are not reproducible with artificial formula. Besides, it's nature's way, and midwives believe that nature knows best.
Mothers are ceasing to breastfeed in favor of bottlefeeding in part because of their infant's father's preference, states a study published in the November 5 issue of the Pediatrics Electronic Pages.
You may be at the point where you'll try whatever is available for some relief. It's time to try Cabbage Leaves.
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) is a strong promotor of breastfeeding and has sponsored a number of legislative bills related to women's rights to breastfeed.