"Just like it's risky to smoke during pregnancy, it's risky not to breast-feed after," said Suzanne Haynes, senior scientific adviser to the Office on Women's Health in the Department of Health and Human Services. "The whole notion of talking about risk is new in this field, but it's the only field of public health, except perhaps physical activity, where there is never talk about the risk."How long before people start turning in their neighbors for bottle-feeding?
A two-year national breast-feeding awareness campaign that culminated this spring ran television announcements showing a pregnant woman clutching her belly as she was thrown off a mechanical bull during ladies' night at a bar — and compared the behavior to failing to breast-feed.
"You wouldn't take risks before your baby's born," the advertisement says. "Why start after?"
And, while we're on the subject of public health scolds, since when are trans fats illegal?
The Center for Science in the Public Interest said it has filed a class-action lawsuit against Yum Brands' KFC unit for cooking chicken in oil that contains artery-clogging trans fat.
CSPI executive director Michael Jacobson said the chain's use of partially hydrogenated oils turns healthy food into something that can take years off your life.
The consumer group wants the court to either stop KFC from using oils containing trans fat or to require signs to warn customers.