Dis­as­ter high­lights value of breast­feed­ing

The Compass - - OPINION -

Dear edi­tor,

When a com­mu­nity lacks ac­cess to clean wa­ter, and food sup­plies — in­clud­ing fresh milk and in­fant for­mula — are cut off, what an op­por­tune time to high­light the value of ex­clu­sive breast­feed­ing.

Emer­gen­cies are of­ten un­ex­pected, as we ob­served last month with Hur­ri­cane Igor, leav­ing many un­pre­pared for the chal­lenges.

In these emer­gency sit­u­a­tions, breast­milk is a life­line of pro­tec­tion for vul­ner­a­ble in­fants and young chil­dren. Breast­milk is the most re­li­able, af­ford­able, safe and se­cure food source avail­able. It will im­pact a child’s health for a life­time.

Janet Mur­phy Goodridge Chair, Breast­feed­ing Coali­tion of New­found­land and

Labrador Corner Brook

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