Motherhood and the $13 Billion Guilt

April 14, 2010. Posted in: Blog Posts

From Melissa Bartick…

Motherhood and the $13 Billion Guilt

Since this month’s publication of my paper “The Burden of Suboptimal Breastfeeding in the United States” in Pediatrics with Arnold Reinhold, I’m often asked by reporters what the US can do better to improve our breastfeeding rates. I’ve also gotten quite a few comments asking if this research just makes moms feel guilty if they couldn’t breastfeed.

The answers to both these queries are intimately related, and are best illustrated by the following Tale of Two Births. As you will see, if you compare what should happen when a woman gives birth, versus what actually happens, you can appreciate how tough it can be for US women to breastfeed, but how much easier it could be if only things were a little different around here.

Jordan April 14, 2010 at 1:01 pm

AWESOME article. It actually made me cry reading the part about how once babies are washed off and swaddled they aren’t given a fare chance to crawl to mom’s breast to nurse b/c arms are constricted and Mom’s scent is washed off. Luckily I had a pretty middle of the road experence. The hosptial I gave birth in was family friendly (everything was done in my room) and b/c of DH and my demands.