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August 18, 1993

Breast-feeding: Time to Teach What We Preach

JAMA. 1993;270(7):830-831. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03510070052028

To the Editor.  —Thank you for the Special Communication by Freed.1 As a registered nurse since 1963, a mother of two breast-fed children, and a natural childbirth educator, I have long lamented the lack of knowledge among health care professionals on this important subject. My obstetrician was all in favor of breast-feeding but did not offer any practical help. Fortunately, La Leche League's The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding2 came to the rescue. It still amazes me to hear new mothers tell of hospital experiences where their babies are taken away for hours after birth and are often given sugar water or formula before nursing can be established.Hurrah for Dr Freed! I hope his article will influence the medical community toward improving the sad state of knowledge in this vital area of health care.