On Tuesday, August 15, we joined over 40 organizations in sending a letter to the co-founders of the Fed Is Best Foundation to request a meeting to discuss their position on infant feeding and exclusive breastfeeding. Since then, many more national, state, and local organizations have signed on, bringing the number up to 85 total signing organizations. You can read the letter and see the full list of organizations here: http://www.usbreastfeeding.
While Fed Is Best did send a response, their message does not make mention of the joint request for an honest and constructive dialogue. You can read their response letter here: http://www.usbreastfeeding.
This response is disappointing, as it would be much preferred to engage in a discussion with the goal of improving the health and well-being of our nation’s families. As stated in the joint letter, “we believe that we can be most effective in serving moms and babies when we attack the root causes of a problem, rather than each other.” To that end, the offer to meet with the co-founders of Fed Is Best remains open.