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Ten years ago, Connecticut passed a law to protect women's rights to breastfeed in public...it came after a woman was threatened with arrest for breastfeeding her baby in a parked car.
Public attitudes have changed a lot in the last ten years...and State lawmakers have since outlawed workplace discrimination against breastfeeding mothers.Â
But experts in the health of infants say many high risk women are still not aware of the health benefits to their babies of breast milk and many still face hostile work environments. A new study shows that mothers are breastfeeding their infants, but are quitting too soon...meanwhile, the World Health Organization is working to get more mothers to breastfeed within the first few hours of a baby's life.Â
Also, we'll do a bit of benchmarking...As Connecticut struggles with how to improve it's healthcare system, we'll look at one of the effects of the new Massachusetts health plan. In that state, health care for all means a shortage of primary care doctors.
Public attitudes toward women openly breastfeeding their infants have changed a lot in the past ten years. In 1997, Connecticut passed a law protecting the rights of women to breastfeed in public...it came after a woman was threatened with arrest for breastfeeding her baby in a parked car. Since then, the state has beefed up rights for women in the workplace as well. It's all part of a large, societal acceptance of breastfeeding as healthy for children and mothers. But barriers still exist. Despite laws, experts say there is still discrimination in society...and a new survey by the federal government says women stop breastfeeding too soon...resorting to bottle-feeding too early. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization is working to get more mothers to breastfeed within the first few hours of a baby's life.