I wrote this article on The World Health Organization’s International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes, which is relevant again today after an article in the NYT http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/16/health/hospitals-ditch-formula-samples-to-promote-breast-feeding.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2

The Art and Science of Parenting

An article in Environmental Health Perspectives titled, Children’s Health: Breastfeeding: Nature’s MRE, makes an interesting point about the usefulness of breastfeeding during an environmental crisis. It seems when Hurricane Katrina hit there were infants hungry and at risk of water-borne disease due to being dependent on formula. The idea of breastfeeding as an emergency preparedness measure hadn’t registered with me before, though the evolutionary adaptation of being able to feed your infant a perfect, sterile food to sustain him or her 100% for the first six months and beyond does make sense.

You can’t market infant formula

The World Health Organization created The International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes. A public review document summarizes that, “The Code advocates that babies be breastfed. If babies are not breastfed, for whatever reason, the Code also advocates that they be fed safely on the best available nutritional alternative. Breast-milk substitutes…

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