First Lady Michelle Obama plans to speak about breastfeeding, reports Politics Daily. "Breastfeeding is a very personal choice for every woman,"...
First Lady Michelle Obama plans to speak about breastfeeding, reports Politics Daily.
"Breastfeeding is a very personal choice for every woman," Kristina Schake, Mrs. Obama's communications chief, told Politics Daily. "We are trying to make it easier for those who choose to do it."
Michelle Obama is reportedly approaching the subject carefully, presumably to encourage mothers who wish to breastfeed but to avoid making those who choose not to breastfeed feel judged. I think that's a fabulous approach. I recently posted about an interview I conducted with Dr. Yvonne Thorton, who stressed how important it is that women not feel guilt over breastfeeding decisions. After that post, I received a few emails and Twitter messages from moms who said that's exactly what they needed to hear. I suspect there are many, many moms who struggle with this issue. As such, while it's important for Michelle Obama and society as a whole to make breastfeeding as easy as possible for moms who wish to do it, it's equally important not to make women who choose not to breastfeed feel like bad moms. I'm glad to hear that Obama's campaign will both moms' personal decisions while educating and assisting moms at the same time. From Politics Daily:
Robin Schepper, executive director of "Let's Move," told Politics Daily, Mrs. Obama wants to increase breastfeeding rates but "is not telling women to breastfeed ... but wants to make it easier for moms by encouraging hospitals to change practices so after a baby is born, the baby is in the room with them."
What are your thoughts?

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