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August Breastfeeding Awareness Month

Women have been breastfeeding for many years; however, August is designated as Breastfeeding awareness month to encourage more women to breastfeed. Breastfeeding has many benefits for both mothers and babies. Some of the benefits of breastfeeding are protecting infants against illnesses and diseases. The center for disease control (CDC) suggest that breast milk provides a baby with nutrients that supports the baby’s growth and development. It also helps protect against certain illnesses and diseases. Breastfeeding protects an infant’s immune system and has benefits for the mother.  Mothers who breastfeed lower their risk of having high blood pressure, type II diabetes, as well as breast and/or ovarian cancer. Breast milk is also a great source of nutrition, and it is important that infants obtain proper nutrition at the beginning of their lives to thrive. Breastfeeding infants for a minimum of six months to one year is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. It is recommended that infants begin breastfeeding immediately after birth within one hour (The American Academy of Pediatrics, 2021). After having their baby, women can learn the techniques of breastfeeding at the birthing unit of the local hospital. Women who choose to breastfeed can be taught how to latch baby onto the breast for feeding. Encourage the women in your lives to breastfeed. Breast feeding is beneficial for long term effects that can overall assist your child living a productive life, but as always if you child is experiences difficulties consult with your doctor.



Reference:


The American Academy of Pediatrics, (2021)

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, (2021)

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