|Reports & Publications - Annual Report 2000
Helping Your Baby Get the Best Start in Life
Health professionals, and even infant food manufacturers, have been promoting breastfeeding as the “optimal” method of feeding newborns. Within this statement lies the erroneous message that formula feeding is the normal, acceptable way to feed a baby. Experiencing childbirth and learning infant care can be a stressful time in people's lives and most of us are not prepared to stretch for the “optimal”, “best”, or “superior”. We are happy to be normal. In the year 2000, the Health Unit has focused on presenting the truth of breastfeeding as being the normal way to feed infants. Feeding artificial baby milk, therefore, becomes substandard and inferior. Parents have the right to know the risks of feeding artificial baby milk. Two books, “Happy Birth Day” by Robin H. Harris and “Mommy Breastfeeds Our Baby” by Teresa P. Carroll, were presented by the Health Unit to 16 libraries in the tri-county area. These books portray breastfeeding as the normal, natural method of infant feeding.
In the year 2000, the Health Unit has focused on presenting the truth of breastfeeding as being the normal way to feed infants.