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The Food Show: Bottle vs. breast

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A health trend among Canada's native people in 1978 may be very badly timed. Bottle feeding represented modernity and progress to native people when they began to adopt it in the 1950s, but now doctors are saying that breastfeeding is vital for healthy children. Murray McGregor takes a look at how the medical community's backpedal on breastfeeding is affecting women, especially native women, in Canada and the U.S.

Medium: Radio
Program: The Food Show
Broadcast Date: May 28, 1978
Guest(s): Dr. Otto Schaeffer
Host: Jim Wright
Interviewer: Murray McGregor
Duration: 8:36
Photo: © springsaldana. Image from BigStockPhoto.com

Did You know?

• The Canadian Pediatric Society (CPS), the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) all recommend breastfeeding as the ideal diet for babies. The CPS recommends breastfeeding exclusively for a child's first six months where possible.

• A study published in 1999 by researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA found that women who breastfed for two years or longer were 50 per cent less likely to develop breast cancer.





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