Happy National Breastfeeding Month! #NBM17
The month of August is the official National Breastfeeding Month declared in 2011 by the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC). As supporters of breastfeeding, DRIA Cover believes it is important to educate mothers on the health and economic benefits of breastfeeding for babies and moms.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2016 Breastfeeding Report Card, breastfeeding rates in the U.S. are increasing. “Among infants born in 2013, four out of five (81.1%) started to breastfeed, over half (51.8%) were breastfeeding at six months, and almost one third (30.7%) were breastfeeding at 12 months” (CDCP 2).
PediatricsⓇ the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) conducted research on the benefits of human milk for infant development. The AAP strongly recommends breastfeeding exclusively for six months and continued breastfeeding for a year or more while introducing complementary foods (827). According to the AAP, “breastfeeding results in improved infant and maternal health outcomes in both the industrialized and developing world” (828).
The AAP found several reduced risks for medical conditions involving respiratory tract infections, otitis media, gastrointestinal tract infections, infant mortality, allergic, celiac, and inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, and childhood leukemia and lymphoma, as a result of breastfeeding for specific periods of time. They also discovered short and long benefits for mothers who choose to breastfeed beyond the first six months such as decreased postpartum blood loss and a reduction in both breast and ovarian cancer (AAP 831).
Not only does breastfeeding provide multiple health benefits for mothers and babies, but economic advantages as well. According to the AAP, “a detailed pediatric cost analysis based on the AHRQ report concluded that if 90% of U.S. mothers would comply with the recommendation to breastfeed exclusively for 6 months, there would be a savings of $13 billion per year” (832). Breastfeeding has a collective impact on the world and has resulted in organizations such as the USBC aiming to ensure that breastfeeding will be integrated within the public health agenda.
At DRIA Cover, we value the sustainable and beneficial impacts of breastfeeding for a better tomorrow. To learn more about ‘Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk’, the study and statistics can be found on the AAP’s official website. For more information on how you can contribute to the breastfeeding initiative, visit the United States Breastfeeding Committee.
“Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk.” Pediatrics 129.3 (March 2012). American Academy of Pediatrics. Web.
“Breastfeeding Report Card – United States, 2016.” Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Aug. 2016. Web.
“National Breastfeeding Month 2017 (#NBM17).” USBC. United States Breastfeeding Committee , 2017. Web.