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August is National Breastfeeding Month. This year’s theme is Every Step of the Way.

“We envision a world in which every family is supported at every step along the infant feeding journey, with warm and coordinated hand-offs and transitions so that the needs of lactating families and those who support them are anticipated and met, every step of the way.” – US Breastfeeding Committee

Benefits

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breastfeeding is the best source of nutrition for most infants. It can also reduce the risk for certain health conditions for both infants and mothers. Breastfeeding is an investment in health, not just a lifestyle decision.

Breastfeeding is a health benefit for moms. In fact, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, breastfeeding families are sick less often and the parents miss less work. Mothers who breastfeed recover from childbirth more quickly and easily. Breastfeeding can also help reduce the risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, ovarian cancer, and breast cancer for mothers. Other breastfeeding benefits for moms and babies include the following:

  • May make it easier for some women to lose weight after pregnancy
  • Environmentally friendly producing no waste, packaging, or pollution
  • Helps the uterus return to its normal size
  • Saves time – mothers do not have to mix or measure formula
  • Cost less than formula
  • Helps prevent postpartum depression
  • Promotes better sleep patterns for babies and for moms
  • May decrease risk of early menopause
  • Releases the hormone prolactin, which helps moms relax
  • Helps moms release the hormone oxytocin, which promotes feelings of low and attachment.

 

With so many positive health benefits, moms should feel encouraged to breastfeed Every Step of the Way on their infant feeding journey.

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