Sunday, May 25, 2008
breastfeeding in Sweden
I asked dolly of For Nine Pounds to do a guest post on why breasteeding is so successful in Sweden (94% compared to our artificially high figure of 40%)- she's written this for me.
To sum up her ideas, it seems that the difference between there and here would be: attitudes to nudity, fiscal sense and pragmatism and a hospital system that knows how to teach women to breastfeed, even if it does so with as little charm as the Irish one, at least it knows its stuff.
I just scanned over this article on infant death and formula stats - obviously more relevant to third world countries than developed ones, but might help us recommit to the Nestlé boycott... I don't know if the stats hold up, but at first view it's making a significant point.
And while I'm surfing, it seems breastfeeding also decreases the risk of rheumatoid arthritis! Hurrah!
And here's an article on attitudes in Ireland - I'm really including it because it says 'Yayyyy for boobies!' at the end. Indeed!