By Molly M. Ginty
Monday, November 7, 2011
The U.S. is joining a global consensus about the public-health importance of breast milk. But a federal agency with huge sway over infant nutrition still distributes more than half the infant formula sold in the nation. A special investigation of infant formula and WIC.
(WOMENSENEWS)–In recent years, it had begun to seem as if the United States were joining the rest of the world in championing the wonders of mother’s milk.
Following the lead of World Health Organization, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services now endorses exclusive breastfeeding for six months, a time period widely recognized as necessary for long-term disease resistance for both mothers and babies.
The U.S. Surgeon General launched a campaign in January 2011 to reduce the obstacles to breastfeeding.
First Lady Michelle Obama has added breastfeeding to her “Let’s Move” project to fight childhood obesity.