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Let's Talk Breastfeeding.

Barriers to breastfeeding most often include work-related issues (bottle that breast milk!), personal preferences (feeling we have the choice not the responsibility to choose otherwise), having an unsupportive partner (choosing partner over baby), feeling embarrassed (lets get over our own selfishness and give baby what is factually, not judgmentally, BEST), concerns about pain(letting fear win), and physical/medical problems. Just because we live in the minority of the world that treats it acceptable to formula feed at will, doesn't mean it's the right choice. If a mother decides not to breastfeed she needs to recognize the probable strain on the health care system down the road and the potential problems for baby including passing on issues to care takers later on and society in general. If you decide to have a baby, decide to take the best care of it possible. Determinants of breastfeeding initiation include income, education, nationality, race/ethnicity, region of residen…