The U.S. Surgeon General has issued a report encouraging mothers to increase breast-feeding and calling on the nation to remove barriers to this essential natural health practice. The new U.S. recommendation of at least six months of breast-feeding is consistent with World Health Organization guidelines. Though the optimal length of breast-feeding is the subject of ongoing research, numerous studies have shown that breast-feeding helps to develop immune system functioning in babies and protect them from diarrhea, ear infection and pneumonia. Some studies have even linked breast-feeding to higher IQs. Learn more about the new report at Natural Eating For Infants.
For the first time in 15 years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed changes to its school meals program that serves 32 million American children each day. The new standards would increase fruits and vegetables, and lower saturated fat, trans fat, and sodium. We might argue too little, but not too late. Learn more about the proposed standards, based on changes recommended by the U.S. Institute of Medicine, at Changes to School Meals.