Importance of breastfeeding: It’s not just beneficial, breastfeeding saves lives!

Breastfeeding importance handout

 Why then globally are only 38of infants aged 0 to 6 months exclusively breastfed?! 

Check out next weeks post to find out some history about breastfeeding and barriers that are decreasing breastfeeding success!

A new mother’s choice to breastfeed and her success will be affected by her history and surroundings. What she knows about infants and breastfeeding will be influenced by how she was raised and the culture around her (Wambach & Riordan, 2016). Here in lies the barrier to successful breastfeeding that will be discussing in next weeks Sunday paper.

And a bonus handout 4 tips for breastfeeding! Getting breastfeeding off to a good start is crucial to the continuation of breastfeeding.

Currently in the U.S., an estimated 67% of three-month-old infants are receiving formula for some amount of their nutrition (Martin et al., May 11, 2016). Only 13% of infants in the U.S. are exclusively breastfed up to the six months recommended by the World Health Organization (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2012).

Come back and check out the evidence! Hope you enjoy the free handouts!