Pallister cuts to heart of what is needed in public health by cutting help for women who want to breastfeed
Many, many women, children and health professionals gathered at the Manitoba Legislature today to protest against the Pallister government's cuts to breastfeeding services. Lactation consultants who provide breast feeding advice are at the very core of good public health services. Breastfeeding can make a difference to children, a difference which lasts a lifetime. It can help with attachment between mother and child. It can help in reducing diabetes later in life. It can help in reducing infections and other health issues in the first year of life. And, as I heard from one of the women at the rally today, advice on breastfeeding is vital. Breastfeeding is hard for a first time mother. Help from an experienced lactation consultant can make a big difference. Help from an experienced lactation consultant can save a lot of dollars in health care and other costs in the future. The Pallister is not just cutting around the edges. This is a core service, and one which is absolutely vital to mothers and children and to our society as a whole. I was glad to see so many out today. Thank you all for coming. I will be with you fighting this awful Pallister government every step of the way.