Through all the research that has been done on breast milk, we do know it has a long list of benefits for both mom and baby. In spite of that, there’s not a lot of education out there for expecting or new moms on why breastfeeding is so important.
The USBC (United States Breastfeeding Committee) is seeking to change that by dedicating a whole month of the year to breastfeeding awareness. For the past seven years, August has officially been named National Breastfeeding Awareness Month.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), there’s a long list of conditions and diseases that breastfeeding has been proven to help prevent. Included in the list are some common childhood illnesses:
- respiratory infections
- ear infections
- urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- childhood obesity
- type 1 and type 2 diabetes
Find out more about breastfeeding benefits and get help with common issues in this list of breastfeeding resources.