Breastfeeding Awareness Month

Breastfeeding Awareness Month is an effort to bring about awareness of breastfeeding. 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. According to the CDC, most mothers want to breastfeed but stop early due to the lack of ongoing support. There are certain factors that make the difference in whether and how long infants are breastfed. Only 1 in 4 infants exclusively breastfed as recommended by the time they are 6 months old. Black infants are 15% less likely to have ever been breastfed than White infants. It is important to highlight the benefits for infants who have been breastfed, they have reduced risks of asthma, obesity, type 1 diabetes, severe lower respiratory disease, ear infections, SIDS, and diarrhea/vomiting. There are also benefits for mothers, breastfeeding can help lower a mother’s risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, ovarian cancer, and breast cancer.

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