Let it be said from the outset that I think breastfeeding is wonderful and that I do not believe that you should let your baby ingest magnets of any kind.
I do find the juxtaposition of the two announcements from the AAP somewhat amusing, though.
The resolution about formula is bound to bring out another round of the Mommy Wars–rabidly pro-breastfeeding/anti-formula, rabidly pro-formula and all the people who just want to live and let live:
WHEREAS, breastfeeding is the normal, physiologic way to feed newborn infants; and
WHEREAS, not breastfeeding increases the risk of adverse health outcomes in mothers and their infants; and
WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Surgeon General have stated strongly and clearly that patients must be protected from commercial infant formula marketing
You a sleep-deprived new mama (or even a seasoned parent of multiple kids), are walking down the street with your newborn/toddler/preschooler strapped into your fancy new stroller/crunchy sling/avant garde trendy carrier/walking with your down the street and some (possibly) well-meaning soul stops you on the street.
"Your baby should be wearing a hat because it's so hot/cold outside."
"That poor child's head looks like it's going to fall right off. You should support it better!"
"Aren't you standing a little too close to the crosswalk?"
Depending upon your level of moxy and/or hormones, your first instinct is to do one of the following: 1. Burst into tears 2. Offer a knee-jerk angry retort or 3. Nod and smile blankly.
I am not sure why this has taken so long, it all seems kind of obvious to me.
If you're one of those "I don't burn, so I'm not going to get skin cancer" folks just know that studies show that protecting your children from significant sun exposure in the first 18 years of life can result in a 78% drop in skin cancer risk. SO COVER UP!
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) will issue a press release today announcing a new policy statement as well as detailed recommendations for safe sun practices which will help reduce the risk od skin cancer. safe sun exposure practices for children. The statement/report will be published in the March issue of Pediatrics.