Forget the Declaration of Independence, One Nation Under God. We the people of the United States threaten to unleash punishing trade measures and withdraw crucial military aid if nations support language tainting the $70 billion infant formula industry – the latest in our nation’s Declaration of Profits over People.

Based on decades of research, the resolution says that mother’s milk is healthiest for children and countries should strive to limit the inaccurate or misleading marketing of breast milk substitutes. Then the United States delegation, embracing the interests of infant formula manufacturers, upended the deliberations. The confrontation was the latest example of the US administration siding with corporate interests on numerous public health and environmental issues.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/08/health/world-health-breastfeeding-ecuador-trump.html
Followed by
The 'breast is best' policy backlash
By Elissa Strauss, CNN
Wed July 11, 2018
https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/11/health/breastfeeding-parenting-strauss/index.html
Commentary
Story highlights
•    One in five women have insufficient milk production in the early days of motherhood
•    Complications from exclusive breastfeeding are common and devastating
•    breastfeeding is truly wonderful if you can make it happen but not of significant consequence if you can't. For those who have access to clean water, formula can be a healthy choice.

The above story highlights and article summary from The 'breast is best' policy backlash, are dramatic and contradictory. For the lucky few who can - breastfeeding is wonderful, but beware that complications from exclusive breastfeeding are common and devastating. Strange coincidence how this article coincides with the United States delegation of the United Nations affiliated World Health Assembly being opposed to a breastfeeding resolution.

In Jean Liedloff’s classic The Continuum Concept the author had to hide the fact from Amazon tribal natives that the majority of western women read books on birth and care instruction for infants and children written by male doctors. She would lose all credibility. Ina May Gaskin, one of the most respected midwives in the world, describes how so much of what was common sense regarding birth and very early mothering has been lost. To paraphrase, many contemporary mothers know absolutely nothing about mothering, and this includes physicians. While it may be true that one in five women have insufficient milk production in the early days of motherhood the intense stress imposed by technological-childbirth contribute, and not in a small way, to a cascade of complications that technocracy uses to justify technocracy including commercial formula.

Personally I find the second highlight more than offensive. Complications from exclusive breastfeeding are common and devastating. Followed a few sentences later with: "a growing number of doctors and nurses… [are] worried that the near single-minded focus on breastfeeding often causes hospital staff to overlook risky behavior, unintentionally putting babies and mothers in harm's way."

The editors at CNN know that most readers barely skim such articles. Dramatic headlines leave their mark, by design. Not mentioned are complications from the jackhammer intensity of induced labor used in the majority of hospital births (chemicals that negate and rob mothers and babies of the natural-euphoric endorphins peak levels of Oxytocin create), fetal monitoring and routine, often medically unjustified caesarian are common and devastating, so too is premature clamping of the umbilical cord causing aphasia, taking blood, injecting toxic cocktails called vaccines, separation of mother and baby, isolation and sensory deprivation – all are common and devastating.

Hydration is, of course, important, as is nutrition. And yes, stress induced trauma by standard obstetrical procedures and other common technology related complications may lead to the emergency room. What most fail to realize is that bottle feeding is sensory deprivation and commercial formula is junk food compared to the infinitely subtler and complex composition of mother’s milk. Much of the current research focusing on lifelong immunity benefits of healthy gut bacteria increasingly support the junk food comparison.

Most fail to consider that nutrition is but a small part of the long list of breastfeeding benefits; skin to skin contact, proximity and coherent synchronicity with the electromagnetic energy fields produced by the human heart, mother and baby, close and sustained proximity of the baby to the mother’s face essential for the activation of the visual process, being held, touched, the skin being the largest organ in the body, movement, often rocking, the dominant stimulus in utero, olfactory stimulation, the comforting smell of the mother’s body and scent, body warmth, the sound of the mother's voice. All of these together create the biological equivalent of what most call bonding, that is, feeling safe, loved, and wanted. No bottle and no formula or artificial techno–breast can compare.

More damage occurs with the sensory deprivation of pleasure than the actual experiencing of physical painful trauma, which in fact could be handled quite well in individuals who were brought up with a great deal of physical affectional bonding, touch, movement and pleasure which carries with it emotional trust and security. So we really have to look at the trauma of sensory deprivation of physical pleasure and that translates into the separation experiences, the isolation experiences of the infant from the mother. That’s the beginning.
James W. Prescott, PhD.,
an American developmental psychologist whose research focused on the origins of violence, particularly as it relates to a lack of mother-child bonding.

In an emergency, sure use an IV or offer a bottle (best, however, not to routinely introduce practices that crate the emergency in the first place), but do so in ways that include all the senses and then, when the emergency is over, place the bottle back on the shelf where it belongs.

Michael Mendizza
Founder, Director of Touch the Future,
author of Magical Parent – Magical Child with Joseph Chilton Pearce, and Playful Wisdom, resonate playful parenting the first two years.

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