During the month of August, “Lactation Month” is celebrated, which is the natural and most recommended way by professionals and organizations worldwide, to feed a newborn, therefore, new families need information and support to be successful in breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding offers several benefits for the infant and mother. Several organizations, including the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the World Health Organization, recommend that babies be fed exclusively human milk for the first six months or up to 2 years if possible. The unique antibodies in human milk help protect infants from many diseases. As for the mother’s benefits, it helps reduce the risk of diabetes, breast and ovarian cancer, postpartum depression, among others. It also has both environmental and economic benefits, as it eliminates the cost and waste associated with the production of formulas and plastic bottles.
How can the whole family prepare for the arrival of a baby?
Organizations that promote and protect human breastfeeding: