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July 31, 2004


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Jamie, you know how totally in agreement I am with you on all of this and how much I appreciate your putting it out there like you do.

I wish that all of us mothers (and fathers, and doctors, etc., etc.) could learn (as you clearly have) that instead of getting angry at or blaming or judging or criticizing each other for breastfeeding or not breastfeeding, we could get angry at and blame and judge and criticize a society and health care system that fail mothers and babies when it comes to promoting and supporting breastfeeding.

In an ideal world (my ideal world, anyway), it's not that EVERYONE would breastfeed, because there will always be reasons (and good ones) that some mothers and some babies will not.


* everyone would be educated (not proselytized, or bullied, or misinformed, or terrified) about breastfeeding and would consider it the norm for baby and toddler feeding;

* and everyone who chooses to breastfeed would have all the support -- moral, practical, medical, & otherwise -- they need to do it successfully.

If we could bring those two conditions into being, I believe that MOST babies would be breastfed for six months or more. And that would be a GOOD THING.

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