Friday, October 4, 2013
Breast feeding services lag behind the law
1. Saint Louis, Catherine. (30 Sept 2013). Breast Feeding Services Lag Behind the Law. New York Times. D6.
2. Type of Issue: health
3. Level of Issue: national
4. About: Insurance companies continue to deny coverage for certain breast feeding procedures that are supposed to be covered under Obamacare.
5. Who this affects: Women in the future who have babies. The babies that need extra help to learn how to nurse.
6. My thoughts:
The colostrum from the first breast milk has benefits for the baby that are unmatched by formulas. There are many immune components of breast milk that give a baby exactly what it needs to protecting it from autoimmune diseases like PKU, allergies, and Celiac disease. HMOs, lymphocytes, immunoglobins- which is a specific protein produced by blood cells to fight infection and macrophages protect a baby from infection. These are only found in breast milk. Babies that exclusively breast feed have lower changes of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity. The WHO recommends that women in undeveloped countries should breastfeed as long as they can because this will continue to protect the baby from infectious water. Breast feeding is not an option, it’s a necessity. Women have it hard enough as it is because breast feeding is looked at as almost taboo since there’s a little bit of exposure, often times are forced to pump their milk in bathrooms. I think that one of the reasons insurance companies do not make it easier to reimburse women for lactation specialists is because there are formula companies like Nestle that are trying to convince women that formula is better for their babies than breast milk. There are hospitals now that do not let formula companies give out free samples to new mothers but that was not always the case. Women need lactation specialists and insurance companies need to quit being so greedy.