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Writer thankful for understanding.

I would like to thank Ruth DeSouza for her letter, Experiences of migrant mothers, (Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand, December/January 2006/ 2007, p3) in response to my article Respecting breastfeeding choices, (Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand, October 2006, p23) and providing recent supporting research. It was pleasing to know she fully comprehended the intent of my article, which was quite simply to provide compassion, understanding and to allow women choices in the 21st century.

However, I feel Gabi England, in her letter, Rooming-in promotes breast feeding, and the Hawke's Bay Lactation group, in its letter, Erroneous presumptions in article, failed to recognise this, but rather deviated from the focus, while still making for some interesting reading.

I believe giving choices is not "erroneous", "presumptuous" or "outdated", as stated in the letter from the Hawke's Bay lactation group, but a practice that is modern in its concept and has replaced the outdated authoritarianism of yesteryear when medical staff "knew better" than the women they served.

Wendy Hicks, RN, RM, Hawke's Boy
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Author:Hicks, Wendy
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Feb 1, 2007
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