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Human Lactation Month: Tips for Successful Breastfeeding

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?

  • Take breastfeeding classes so everyone is informed and feels safe.
  • Attend support groups, even if the baby is not born.
  • Identify professional resources and / or organizations that can help you with any situation related to your baby or nursing person.
  • Read about breastfeeding and handling human milk.
  • Prepare your home with a comfortable chair, comfortable pillows, and any other equipment necessary for the breastfeeding process.
  • Create a plan for homework delegation so each member can support you through the process.

 

Organizations that promote and protect human breastfeeding:

  • ASI (Alimentación Segura Infantil)
  • Liga de la Leche de Puerto Rico
  • PROMANI (Fundación Protección de la Maternidad y la Niñez)
  • COLACT (Coalición para la Lactancia Materna en Puerto Rico)
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