Month: January 2011

Affiliate Kirstie Cope-Farrar in the Hartford Courant

The benefits of nursing are multitudinous, but the squeamishness is part of what Kirstie Cope-Farrar, UConn associate professor of communication sciences, calls the “whole sack of mixed messages” we tote around when it comes to women’s bodies.

“Nobody bats an eye when a 13-year-old sells jeans half-naked,” said Cope-Farrar. “Research tells us unequivocally that breastfeeding is the healthiest choice for women and babies yet the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and the WHO [World Health Organization] continually release reports saying that women in America fall far short of their recommended breastfeeding guidelines. We need more support and less discrimination.”

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