Pregnant women and new mothers need information and as much support as possible when it comes to breastfeeding. This idea is one of the main reasons that World Breastfeeding Week originated.
The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action and breastfeeding advocates around the world are joining forces this week (Aug. 1 to Aug. 7) in a call to action to help "create awareness, mobilize and engage, connect and build bridges across generations, cultures, religions and civilizations" on breastfeeding.
We as a nation need to do a better job in raising awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding. After all, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week called out U.S. hospitals for not doing enough in support of breastfeeding.
Studies over the years have consistently shown that babies who are exclusively breastfed for six months are less likely to develop ear infections, diarrhea and respiratory illnesses, and they may be less likely to develop childhood obesity.
In honor of of the 19th annual World Breastfeeding Week, we've compiled the following list of Fit Pregnancy stories to serve as your one-stop resource. Arm yourself with information now, and you'll thank yourself later for giving your baby the best possible start in life—breast is best! And remember: You're feeding the future.
THE SUPPORT YOU NEED
- Need to learn the proper latch? Looking for a good nursing bra? Our Ultimate Guide to Breastfeeding offers you everything you need to make breastfeeding work for you.
- Our Breastfeeding for Beginners page gives you tips on overcoming nursing challenges in those blurry-eyed early weeks of new motherhood.
- For an expert voice, head over to our Milky Way page for lactation consultants' best advice for successful breastfeeding.
- Still need some convincing about the good stuff in mother's milk? We've got a long list of reasons to help sway your mind.
- And it's not only about the baby! Breastfeeding is good for mom, too.
BREASTFEEDING AND THE WORKING MOM
- We all know that real life can get in the way of breastfeeding at times. Our Breastfeeding A Go-Go page gives you the nuts and bolts of pumping breast milk for your baby.
Maria Vega is Fit Pregnancy magazine's copy editor.