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Breast-feeding in 1991


With increasing urbanization and greater entry of women into the workforce in both



and developed countries, it behooves physicians to remember that our encouragement of breast-feeding often conflicts with the practical imperatives faced by many young mothers. We should continue to encourage breast-feeding, but in individual instances this policy can safely be tempered with realism. For example, a young mother who must work despite her employer’s failure to support her attempts to breast-feed her child is poorly served by a physician who instills in her a sense of guilt or loss at not nursing her infant. Most important, if physicians are to encourage breast-feed­ing, we should support political and legislative initiatives that make this a practical choice for today’s mothers.

Jason J

N. Engl. J. Med. 1991 Oct;325(14):1036-8

PMID: 1886625