May 21st, 2014
Free Ainít Free
By Katrina Pavlik
Dad was right. Thereís no such thing as a free lunch. First, some stats: In 2013, 11.1% of Illinois babies had been exclusively breastfed at 6 months old. This means no formula supplementation and no solids. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Serviceís Healthy People 2020 initiative wants us to be up to 25.5% by year 2020. (Other countriesí data.)
Why? Because we know that exclusive breastfeeding is better for baby and better for mom. (More on that here and here.) OK, got it. Exclusive breastfeeding is ideal. ďBreast is bestĒ and all that. Weíve heard that song before.