Call for Action to Breastfeed

January 20, 2011 by  

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Everybody knows that breastfeeding is the best and benefits both mother and child. Yet, although 75% of mothers initiate breastfeeding, only 13% stick it out up to 6 months. The reason for this are obstacles that undermines a mother’s good intentions. Some of these obstacles are:

The US Surgeon General’s office recently launched the “Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding” which is aimed to remove some of these obstacles.

Why breastfeed?

Studies have shown that breastfeeding makes healthier babies and healthier (and happier) moms. According to the Call the Action:

“…breastfeeding protects babies from infections and illnesses that include diarrhea, ear infections, and pneumonia. Breastfed babies are also less likely to develop asthma, and those who are breastfed for six months are less likely to become obese.  Mothers themselves who breastfeed have a decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancers.”

Mothers who breastfed were also reportedly less prone to postpartum depression.

Here are the steps proposed by Call to Action:

Breastfeeding used to be a taboo topic. Thanks to breastfeeding celebrity moms like Angelia Jolie and Salma Hayek, breastfeeding has actually become “hip.” The most recent breastfeeding celebrity is baby Flynn born to Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom. His photo was so popular that the website where it was posted crashed. Was it really the baby or was it the mom?

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