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Unformatted text preview: Women Working in the Global Economy: A Feminist Perspective Professor Yana Rodgers Womens and Gender Studies Department Class 20: Evaluating Policies that Support and Value Female Workers Breastfeeding, Womens Employment, and Maternity Leave Organization 1. Introductory remarks 2. Previous research 3. Policy environment 4. Predictions, data, approach 5. Results and discussion Introductory Remarks Paper examines the effectiveness of maternity leave mandates in increasing the incidence and duration of breastfeeding. Public health initiatives around the world have renewed efforts to raise breastfeeding incidence and duration. WHO: recommends 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding before introducing solid food. US Dept Health & Human Services: same as WHO, with continued breastfeeding to 1 year. Health Canada: same as WHO, with continued breastfeeding up to age 2 and beyond. Revised targets supported by public health campaigns, including U.S. Healthy People 2010 Initiative U.S. goal: get 75% of new mothers to breastfeed, 50% at 6 months, and 25% at 1 year U.S. currently: 72% of new mothers breastfeed, but <40% still breastfeeding at 6 months Ad in U.S. suggests not breastfeeding is as bad for ones child as riding a mechanical bull while pregnant. Introductory Remarks Source: Rabin, NYT, June 13, 2006 Introductory Remarks Challenges to achieving these public health goals: Initiation and early weeks: mothers may not start or may stop because they...
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