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Bachmann Blasts First Lady And 'Nanny State' -- For Promoting Breastfeeding


As Lynn Sweet at Politics Daily points out, Michelle Obama said last week at a lunch with reporters: "We also want to focus on the important touch points in a child's life. And what we're learning now is that early intervention is key. Breastfeeding. Kids who are breastfed longer have a lower tendency to be obese."

In addition, breastfeeding rates are lower among African-Americans mothers than among other ethnic groups. Michelle Obama previously discussed this topic in an address to the Congressional Black Caucus Conference: "And because it's important to prevent obesity early, we're also working to promote breastfeeding, especially in the black community -- where 40 percent of our babies never get breastfed at all, even in the first weeks of life, and we know that babies that are breastfed are less likely to be obese as children."