Breastfeeding Month -- 2013
Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers
Everyone can do their part to support breastfeeding moms.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby's life, followed by breastfeeding complemented with other foods until at least one year, and longer if the mother chooses.
Breastfeeding has many benefits which cannot be duplicated in any other form of feeding, such as a decreased risk of ear infections, stomach problems, obesity, and diabetes.
Family and Friends
- Breastfeeding moms can tell family and friends:
Health Care Providers and Community Support
- Let your doctor know that you want to exclusively breastfeed your baby and talk about your birth plan.
- Talk to your clinic peer, lactation counselor, and other WIC staff to learn more.
- After you have your baby, attend a La Leche League meeting or hospital support group.
Work and School
- Does your work or school have a breastfeeding policy? Find out,. and if not, talk to them about creating one.
- Talk to your employer about your need to express milk during your work day.
- Providing breastmilk when you return to work/school is a way to connect with your baby.
- You will also take less time off work to care for a sick child, which means lower health care costs.
Child Care Providers
- Visit your daycare before returning to work to find out:
- Do they have a written policy on breastfeeding that includes handling and storage of human milk?
- Do they have a place where you can feed your baby or express milk?
- Do they offer words of encouragement and have a supportive attitude towards breastfeeding?
For More Information
WIC Breastfeeding Education and Support
Franklin County Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program provides breastfeeding education and support from staff and certified lactation experts, and Breastfeeding Peers, an expanded WIC food package and breast pumps for eligible breastfeeding mothers.
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