Anna Portela has an interesting and informative post on empowher — a source for women’s health online and described as “dedicated to EmpowHer’ing women’s health and well-being.”
Her lead: “Breastfeeding definitely protects infants from getting the Swine flu, or the H1N1 virus, according to Cacilia Kim, commentator on the Womensenews website.”
And Portela includes this perspective:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is presently telling mothers to protect their babies against the swine flu by breastfeeding them, and the agency maintains that one of the “best things” mothers can do for infants who become ill is to continue to breastfeed them. If the mother gets swine flu, it is recommended that she still continue to breastfeed, unless she is taking some form of medicine that could be passed on to the baby.
Six months of exclusive breastfeeding is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, along with one year of continued breastfeeding.
Corporate Voices has been a strong supporter of and advocate for workplace lactation programs and earlier this year produced a comprehensive guide for businesses in the form of a Workplace Lactation Toolkit. A copy is available on the Corporate Voices’ Web site.