August is breastfeeding awareness month. The Department of Health & Human Services wants to empower women to commit to breastfeeding because of the many benefits it provides to baby and mom.
A few benefits to baby:
- Breastfeed babies have fewer and shorter episodes of illness.
- It is the most natural and nutritious way to encourage your baby’s optimal development.
- The superior nutrition provided by breastmilk benefits your baby’s IQ.
- Breastfeeding increases the effectiveness of immunizations, increasing the protection against polio, tentanus and diptheria vaccines.
- The action of sucking at the breast enhances development of baby’s oral muscles, facial bones and aids in optimal dental development.
A few benefits to mom:
- Breastfeeding in postpartum moms increases the rate of weight loss.
- Increased levels of oxytocin stimulate postpartum uterine contractions, minimizing blood loss & helping rapid uterine toning.
- Breastfeeding gives mom a unique sense of closeness with her baby.
Questions on breastfeeding? We love the following sites to help answer any breastfeeding questions:
While breastfeeding is best for mom and baby, not all moms can do it for a variety of reasons. It is important to always support a mom on her journey & not to judge her if she has decided not to breastfeed.
What breastfeeding tips do you have to share?