Commentary: Why I Didn't Breast-feed My Baby. Go Ahead, Judge Me!
06/07/2013 - 15:01 ||
When I came across this Huffington Post article yesterday about breast-feeding rates in Mexico dropping, in turn causing experts to refer to it as a "public health crisis," I had to pause for a minute and really think about this.
Was this really the proper use of the term crisis?
Experts say that, for a country like Mexico, where millions still live in extreme poverty, dirty water threatens the health of many families and education is poor, therefore a mother's milk is the best choice.
"Mexico has become the example of what not to do. It's the strongest case of a setback in breast-feeding," said Marcos Arana Cedeno, a child nutrition expert and health adviser for the state of Chiapas.
According to a Health Department survey, the percentage of Mexican moms who nurse their babies for the first six months of their life fell from 22 percent in 2006 to 14 percent last year.
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