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Too much ado over breast-feeding

When did breast-feeding become everyone's business ("Maryland urges hospitals to encourage early breast-feeding," Nov. 14)?

I am shocked at how many complete strangers ask new mothers if they are breast-feeding. Now the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is encouraging hospitals not to give pacifiers or formula to new mothers.

Yes, studies have shown that "breast is best." Yes, it is a powerful bonding experience between a mother and child.

But if a new mom medically can't nurse her newborn, she is left feeling like a failure. And, heaven forbid, if a mother chooses not to breast-feed, she is made to feel guilty by society.

As a mother of two, my first-born was too premature to nurse, but my second son breast-fed easily — and he has asthma. Go figure.

Let's leave this decision between a new mom and her infant, where it belongs.

Rose Kendig, Reisterstown

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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