Thumbs Up: Keep milkin', ma
aren't the only milking moms roaming the grounds of the Indiana State Fair, two
Lactation Stations (on the northeast corner of the track and just north of the
covered bridge) aim to corral as many of the human variety as possible. In
addition to helping moms, the Indiana State Breastfeeding
Coalition aims to help society at large by normalizing nursing. The coalition
— 85 of which are in Indiana. "Research
has shown that mothers who receive infant formula samples are less likely to
breastfeed exclusively and are more likely to breastfeed for shorter durations,"
ISBC noted in a recent news release. The World
Health Organization condemned practices such as distributing industry-sponsored
diaper bags. Still, two-thirds of U.S. hospitals continue sucking at the
manufacturers' teats despite widespread proof that exclusive
breastfeeding of babies for the first six months provides an unparalleled health
boost. The state fair's lactation stations, in their five years of operation,
have helped more than 25,000 women celebrate mothers' milk.