1. August is National Breastfeeding Month.
  2. World Breastfeeding Week is held yearly August 1-7. It is celebrated in over 170 countries.
  3. Breastfeeding mothers have a decreased risk of ovarian and breast cancers in addition to a lower risk of diabetes and heart disease.
  4. The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding for at least 2 years (yes even if your child has teeth).
  5. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends families breastfeed exclusively for the first 6 months of life.
  6. Breastmilk contains leaner, healthier fats than formula.
  7. Breastmilk helps a baby fight viral, bacterial and parasitic infections.
  8. Breastfeeding can save a family $1200-$1500 a year.
  9. Your body gets ready to breastfeed during pregnancy whether you decide to or not.
  10. Breastfeeding does not make your breasts sag. (Pregnancy and genetics does)
  11. Breastfeeding does not spoil a baby. (Hold your baby!)
  12. 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)
  13. Breastfeeding is not for poor people.
  14. African Americans have the lowest breastfeeding rates.
  15. Breastfed babies nurse often.
  16. 48 states protect a mother’s right to breastfeed in public. (Babies gotta eat)
  17. Breastfeeding allows your body to recover from pregnancy and birth much faster.
  18. Breastfeeding mothers need more calories per day than pregnant mothers.
  19. Breastfeeding mothers need constant support.
  20. 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.

#RealTalkWithNurseNikki

References:
www.who.int/topics/Breastfeeding

www.womenshealth.gov