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A storm is brewing against breastfeeding with the publication of Hanna Rosin’s article "The Case Against Breast-Feeding" in the April 2009 issue of The Atlantic. Rosin was also featured on the Today show on March 16 with NBC News Chief Medical Editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman. Although their discussion deplorably misrepresented the medical research on breastfeeding, it also appropriately highlighted a much bigger issue: it can be very challenging to achieve optimal breastfeeding recommendations in the United States.
The United States Breastfeeding Committee has sent a letter to the editor of The Atlantic, co-signed by many of our members and other national organizations. But we also need your help to bring an end to this unnecessary and irresponsible "debate" about the proven health risks of not breastfeeding, and to reframe the discussion to focus on what's really at stake: support for mothers and families. Letters to the editor can reach a large audience, allowing readers to comment on the way issues are addressed in the mass media. USBC will be able to track the number of letters sent through this tool.
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