- August is National Breastfeeding Month.
- World Breastfeeding Week is held yearly August 1-7. It is celebrated in over 170 countries.
- Breastfeeding mothers have a decreased risk of ovarian and breast cancers in addition to a lower risk of diabetes and heart disease.
- The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding for at least 2 years (yes even if your child has teeth).
- The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends families breastfeed exclusively for the first 6 months of life.
- Breastmilk contains leaner, healthier fats than formula.
- Breastmilk helps a baby fight viral, bacterial and parasitic infections.
- Breastfeeding can save a family $1200-$1500 a year.
- Your body gets ready to breastfeed during pregnancy whether you decide to or not.
- Breastfeeding does not make your breasts sag. (Pregnancy and genetics does)
- Breastfeeding does not spoil a baby. (Hold your baby!)
- You do not have to stop breastfeeding once your baby gets teeth and/or starts eating. (Breastmilk is constantly changing depending on the child’s needs)
- Breastfeeding is not for poor people.
- African Americans have the lowest breastfeeding rates.
- Breastfed babies nurse often.
- 48 states protect a mother’s right to breastfeed in public. (Babies gotta eat)
- Breastfeeding allows your body to recover from pregnancy and birth much faster.
- Breastfeeding mothers need more calories per day than pregnant mothers.
- Breastfeeding mothers need constant support.
- Even if you didn’t breastfeed, you can still advocate for breastfeeding families.
If you are thinking about breastfeeding, take a prenatal breastfeeding class. Get the facts before you make a decision. There is loads of misinformation, wives tales and misguided medical advice floating around our community. I challenge you to #considerbreastfeeding.