When looking at the health of Marylanders, support for breast feeding, as proposed by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), is the right thing to do and follows the U.S. Surgeon General's call to action to support breast feeding. We disagree with Dr. Kenneth Hoffman's opinions about the recommendations coming from DHMH ("Promotion of breast feeding goes too far," Feb. 14).
Evidence shows that breast feeding is superior to the alternative. It is not just a food. It bolsters a baby's immune system and decreases a child and mother's risks of chronic diseases like diabetes. Breast fed babies are healthier and have fewer visits to their doctors, resulting in lower health care costs. Contrary to what Dr. Hoffman stated, evidence actually shows that post-partum depression is less for mothers who breast feed versus their non-breast feeding counterparts.