Parents Divided Over Preschool Lunch Ruling
Posted by The Baby News
Ah, school lunch. Maybe a sandwich, some sliced veggies, a pudding cup, and a refreshingly chilled thermos of… breast milk?!
A Louisiana preschool has parents picking sides after school administrators ruled that a child registered to start classes this fall would not be allowed to bring breast milk as part of her midday meal.
As recommended by her pediatrician, the child in question requires extended breastfeeding to correct weight gain, food intolerance and developmental issues. Her exact age was not disclosed, but the Young Learners program at Saint Michael’s Episcopal Education Center in Mandeville, LA admits students as young as 18 months. The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding until 24 months; nevertheless, the school’s policy remains staunchly anti-breast milk — after all, many of its students have already passed the WHO’s cut-off mark, and many parents still consider 2 years to be too big for the boob. (If you’re old enough to ask for it…)
What do you think? Should preschools accommodate children who want or need to bring breast milk in their lunch boxes?
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