August Is Breastfeeding Awareness Month

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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:

  1. Breastfeed babies have fewer and shorter episodes of illness.
  2. It is the most natural and nutritious way to encourage your baby’s optimal development.
  3. The superior nutrition provided by breastmilk benefits your baby’s IQ.
  4. Breastfeeding increases the effectiveness of immunizations, increasing the protection against polio, tentanus and diptheria vaccines.
  5. 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:

  1. Breastfeeding in postpartum moms increases the rate of weight loss.
  2. Increased levels of oxytocin stimulate postpartum uterine contractions, minimizing blood loss & helping rapid uterine toning.
  3. 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:

  1. Breastfeeding from the Bump
  2. Baby Center
  3. Parenting

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?

5 Responses to “August Is Breastfeeding Awareness Month”

  1. kathleen August 3, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    Breastfeeding was very challenging for me but the bond it created between me and my baby is like no other. My tip would be to just set a goal for yourself. First try breastfeeding for one month and if you can make it through one month, go for 3 months and if you get through 3 months, go for 6 months and if you can get through 6 months you can certainly do 12

  2. Erin Nicole August 3, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful article/post. I think that the more people know about breastfeeding, the more they will be likely to try it. It is so beneficial to both mom and baby, very cost effective, and just a wonderful, natural thing! Thanks!

  3. MichelleH August 4, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

    You are very welcome Erin!

  4. MichelleH August 4, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

    What a wonderful tip Kathleen. Thanks for sharing it.

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