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August is world breastfeeding month

Did you know that breastfeeding can decrease the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)? That it can increase your baby’s IQ? Did you know that breastfeeding can increase immunity and help prevent allergies and asthma and therefore help your baby to have fewer illnesses? It can also protect your child against diabetes. Did you also know that breastfeeding can help you lose your weight after delivery? Did you know that breastfeeding can also help prevent breast, cervical and uterine cancer? Wow, who knew?

Breastfeeding has been around since the dawn of mankind and so far there haven’t been any recalls that I’ve seen in the news. Formula has only been around since 1867 and you see recalls all the time. Why would we want to feed our babies something today that could be recalled tomorrow? We women have the perfect food that is prepared to change and adapt to our baby’s needs, is always available, and is free. We can empower the world!

Unfortunately, we’ve all heard horror stories on breastfeeding. Breastfeeding can sometimes be difficult, that’s why we need to become educated during pregnancy. With all the great benefits for our babies and ourselves, why would we not want to? The great thing is, your county now has a WIC peer counseling program that is on call 24/7 to offer support and knowledge to help make breastfeeding easy. Just call your local health department for more information.

August is world breastfeeding month. The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Advocacy has declared this year’s theme is “Mother Support: Going for the Gold.” As in the Olympics, every country sends its best athletes to compete. Why would we not give our babies the best nutrition for their very best health? Who knows, maybe someday your breastfed baby will even get to be in the Olympics, all because of you and your wonderful breast milk.

As women of the 21st Century, we have the power to make the best decision for our babies, for our families, and for ourselves, and breastfeed. All we have to say is “Yes, I will.”

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