A Special Month for Moms and Babies
August is World Breastfeeding Month and this year’s theme, Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers, highlights the importance of providing support to breastfeeding families.
Infant feeding is one of the most important decisions that new families make. Evidence is clear that breastfeeding is the ideal way to feed an infant. Research shows that infants who are not exclusively breastfed for their first six months of life are more likely to develop a wide range of chronic and acute diseases, including ear infections, diarrheal diseases, asthma, obesity and more. Mothers also benefit with a decreased risk for breast and ovarian cancers.
Support and encouragement from all angles can make success possible for mothers who wish to breastfeed.
“Learning how to breastfeed takes time and patience for new mothers and infants. It is important to remember that families, friends, healthcare providers, employers, childcare providers, communities, and even the media play a crucial role in mother’s overall success with breastfeeding,” said Krystal Seger, Director for Fayette and Lee County WIC Clinics.
Appropriate breastfeeding support can build a mother’s confidence with breastfeeding. “It is critical that breastfeeding families be supported by their community. This support can be expressed by healthcare providers, employers and childcare providers,” said Seger.