When you think of all the benefits of breast-feeding, it’s hard to imagine anyone would discourage mothers and families from breast-feeding their infants.
But it happens. Maybe not in the headline-grabbing ways we see in the news when a breast-feeding mom is kicked out of a public place for breast-feeding. No, more likely, discrimination against breast-feeding families happens in more subtle ways.
These include workplace policies that make it hard for nursing moms to take breaks to nurse or even find a quiet, clean place to pump. And it includes family pressure to give up breast-feeding because it is somehow seen as inconvenient, or because the family never had a history of breast-feeding their babies before.
Regardless of the form they take, there are many roadblocks making it hard for families to breast-feed and it is the job of all of us to remove those roadblocks so more babies are breast-fed and families have the freedom to feed their babies breast milk exclusively for at least the first six months of life.