Daddy-san (part 2): Breast is best and don’t let your Japanese OB/GYN tell you otherwise

Breastfeeding: Baby formula product marketing and your Japanese doctor may make you blind to the benefits
Breastfeeding: Baby formula product marketing and your doctor may make you blind to the benefits

It really frustrates me the number of heart-ache stories that I hear from friends who’ve been totally convinced by the Japanese mass media that their breasts aren’t good enough for their babies. Just as depressing are the number of stories that I’ve heard where mothers in Japan who had previously believed that breast is best, have been convinced by their doctors (after only a few weeks of trying) that they’re not making enough milk and switched to formula or a mix of formula and breast milk. Whereas 90% of Japanese mothers when surveyed before giving birth suggest that they want to raise their child on breast-milk, only 3~40% of them are still exclusively feeding their babies breast milk by their three month check up. That is lower than most countries in Asia, and is extremely low when compared even with Continue reading