A Neonatologist tells Why to Breastfeed

This letter was sent on behalf of the savebabies egroups from whom I received a compliment from Dr. Mianne Silvestre of PGH as part of my advocacy and intense campaign against bottle feeding.

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Dear Colleagues,

Greetings! Alexis and Ines (in a previous email), thank you very much for your acknowledgment. Very humbling naman . . .

I guess that, in my work as a neonatologist, I am just so lucky to be able to witness all the amazing capabilities of the newborns and mothers and contribute to protecting breastfeeding from the magical first hour🙂 And I am just picking up the work that Drs. Natividad Clavano and Gloria Ramirez started way back and that Dr. Lester Lora and others continue with but just in a different arena. More and more pediatricians and some obstetricians and anesthesiologists are changing their hearts and minds about breastfeeding. We just have to keep the messages clear, consistent and resounding🙂

As educators, we dream to put breastfeeding at the CORE of pediatric (and for that matter, all medical and paramedical) education where it should rightfully be. Admittedly, we are having to chip away at long decades of the opposite. Currently, bottle feeding is the routine, the ordinary, the commonplace in many health facilities and homes with the breastfeeding as an outlier. Our target is to reverse this and make breastfeeding the routine.

More strength and energy to all of us, in our little corners,

Mianne

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