Breastfeeding in the Modern Age
Find out why choosing to nurse has become such a public issue. Plus surprising breastfeeding tips, tricks, and facts of today.
Everywhere you turn, somebody's girls are making news. A look at the latest boob battles:
HOW LONG IS TOO LONG? Jamie Lynne Grumet's then 3-year-old son climbed on a chair to latch on for Time magazine's May 21 cover, setting off a firestorm of ewws and aahs.
NANNY STATE OR HELPING HAND? About 600 hospitals across the country have banned formula swag bags, and Rhode Island and Massachusetts have made it illegal for hospitals to give out free formula. New York City recently launched itself into the headlines with the Latch On NYC law that restricts access to infant formula by hospital staff, tracks formula distribution, discontinues the distribution of free infant formula, and prohibits promotional materials about formula in and around the hospital.
WHAT'S THE DEAL, ZUCKERBERG? Want to show off your new boob job in a bikini to your 500 closest friends? Go for it. Want to show your family how you feed your infant? Forget it. Facebook continues to come under fire for removing “inappropriate” photos of nursing moms.
YOU NURSED WHERE? Breastfeeding mamas caused a stir last winter when they organized simultaneous “nurse-ins” at Target stores across the country. This August, they went one step further, gathering in Washington, D.C., for the first-ever Great American Nurse-in—a huge display of nursing in public.
MOST LIKELY TO BREASTFEED: California, Oregon, Washington
LEAST LIKELY TO BREASTFEED: West Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana
•98% of our readers support moms breastfeeding in public.
•15% of U.S. moms breastfeed exclusively for 6 months.
•3 out of 4 moms breastfeed at birth