A new policy for New York Momma’s is going into effect on September 3rd as part of a partnership with the World Health Organization and Mayor Bloomberg. The program is called Latch On NYC and strongly encourages moms to breastfeed for the first six months. Over 600 hospitals nationwide will be (or are already) participating in this program which implements a 10-step program to increase breastfeeding rates of new moms.
I will disclose that I have been and am currently breastfeeding my 6 month old daughter. This was my CHOICE and I ENCOURAGE all new mom’s to do their best to make it work for them.
I also realize that every mom faces a different scenario and deserves the right to choose how she will feed her child the first year of their life.
Through this program, hospitals will be nixing the swag that formula companies provide for new moms and the use of bottles while in the hospital will be discouraged, but still an option if needed for the child’s nutrition.
I will admit that I loved the “swag”I got from Similac and believe it or not, the bag they sent is my absolute favorite diaper bag.
But, It did not sway me from breastfeeding my child. If you choose to breastfeed then your going to choose to breastfeed. That said, there are a variety of factors that play into if you will STAY breastfeeding and how long.
What new mom’s need most is support. Caring and understanding Lactation Consultants. Breastfeeding support groups. Supportive work environments for pumping after returning to work. NOT political agendas.
What are your thoughts?