This made me sad. Ugh. I love my state; it’s my home. But sometimes I get tired of it always being at or near the top of bad lists and at or near the bottom of good lists. My one comfort is that Mississippi is the most charitable state per capita (or as a percentage of income), because we usually have among the highest rates of obesity and the lowest educational scores in the nation — among many, many other things. And although this report doesn’t single out Mississippi alone, it was one of the states that had the seven lowest percentages of breastfeeding children at 6 months. Hey — maybe that has something to do with the high obesity and low education later in life?! I guess the other “silver lining” is that a lot of the states pretty much sucked (as opposed to suckled), so it’s not like it’s just Mississippi or the South. The funny thing is, you’d think that breastfeeding would be more common among lower-income people, because it is so much cheaper than buying formula. It also irritated me that so few hospitals are actually supporting breastfeeding in day-to-day operations. With something so important, it needs to be high priority!
…70% of facilities reported providing discharge packs containing infant formula samples to breastfeeding mothers…
For newborn feeding, 24% of facilities reported giving supplements (and not breast milk exclusively) as a general practice with more than half of all healthy, full-term breastfeeding newborns, a practice that is not supportive of breastfeeding (7,10). When asked whether healthy, full-term breastfed infants who receive supplements are given glucose water or water, 30% of facilities reported giving feedings of glucose water and 15% reported giving water, practices that are not supportive of breastfeeding. In addition, 17% of facilities reported they gave something other than breast milk as a first feeding to more than half the healthy, full-term, breastfeeding newborns born in uncomplicated cesarean births.
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