Outdated Parenting Advice: When Your Mother Doesn’t Know Best
As long as mothers have been having babies, moms have been breastfeeding. Even when infant formula was first created, it was intended for emergent and life-saving purposes in the cases such as orphan children, not in the global market in which infant formula is produced and distributed today. Like many child-rearing issues, there are trends that seem to pick up and resurface from generation to generation. If your mother happened to formula-feed you, chances are she’s not going to want to hear that breast milk is better for babies, or at least not without feeling defensive. This is becoming an increasingly difficult topic, as leading health organizations are attempting to reduce the use of infant formula and increase the prevalence of breastfeeding from birth through 12 to 24 months of age through public health awareness campaigns. In 1981, the World Health Assembly began requiring, through the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes, that infant formula companies preface their product information with, “statements that breastfeeding is the best way of feeding babies and that a substitute should only be used after consultation with health professionals.” The idea that trying to breastfeed first is just a hassle step that you can skip is definitely outdated.