Lunch with the Surgeon General
New York USA
Report from 2001 LLLI Conference
From:NEW BEGINNINGS, Vol. 18 No. 5, September-October 2001, p. 180
Amid baby noises and the clinking of silverware and clatter of dishes, the US Surgeon General, David Satcher, addressed the luncheon crowd at the La Leche League International Conference on Tuesday, July 12.
Dr. Satcher told the audience that his position sometimes makes people a little nervous. He mentioned a hotel worker, who, when finding out who the uniformed Satcher was, quickly said, "I quit smoking years ago."
Since his appointment, Dr. Satcher initiated the US Health and Human Services' Blueprint for Action on Breastfeeding, a comprehensive outline of public health strategies to increase brmtfeeding rates. A goal of his is to eliminate the disparities of health care in the United States, and to improve the quality of life on our planet. Dr Satcher's speech, which outlined many of the advantages of breastfeeding, showed he understands the health benefits of breastfeeding. He said he wants to work on convincing businesses to make it easier for mothers to nurse in the workplace by having onsite child care, where breastfeeding is encouraged. Dr. Satcher closed his talk by urging La Leche League to continue to do its "outstanding work."