Mammary Mandate

The New York City Department of Health along with Mayor Michael Bloomberg have been busy trying to convince NY City moms that breastfeeding is the better option regarding nutrition and development. The newly established “Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative” will assist hospitals in educating mothers on the benefits of breastfeeding over baby formula. Many hospitals in the NY area discourage the use of baby formula and have stopped including formula in “New Parent Kits.” According to well-supported studies, breast-feeding appears to lead to higher IQ/cognitive development, also leading to fewer and less severe cases of diarrhea, ear infections, skin rashes, and bacterial meningitis.

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