The wonder of breasts | Life and style | The Guardian
by Black Captain
The Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety is debating the country’s breastfeeding recommendations, which would have been unthinkable a decade ago. “I don’t think it will change the current recommendations [to breastfeed for a year], but maybe there’s no benefit to breast-feeding after six months,” says Cathrine Thomsen of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. Consider the gravity of this statement. Norway has the single highest breastfeeding rate in the world, with 99% of new mothers doing it. At six months, more than half of all babies are still nursing. The country has banned advertising by formula companies. It grants paid maternity leave for 42 weeks. It is a country deeply committed to breastfeeding. And now it is rethinking it.