Today kicks off World Breastfeeding Week which runs from August 1st until August 7th. The theme for this year is "Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers." Women are more likely to breastfeed in the first place or keep breastfeeding if they have adequate support in order to do so, and that includes advice from breastfeeding peers.
Breastfeeding popularity is on the rise. 77% of babies in the US are breastfed for some period of time, which is an increase from 70% in 2000. The Affordable Care Act also has made breastfeeding a priority, requiring coverage of breastfeeding support and equipment without co-pays for mothers.
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That support places the woman in the center and surrounds her with a team that is working with her to accomplish the goal of feeding her baby. That team includes her family and friends, healthcare workers, employers, and even politicians that create the laws that affect breastfeeding. And that support comes from both the face-to-face world and the online world through social media.
So let's crowdsource some breastfeeding wisdom.
Leave your best breastfeeding tips and support your fellow newbie breastfeeding mothers in the comment section below, and let's support one another in feeding our children.
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