Coronavirus, Pregnancy, and Breastfeeding: A Message for Patients from ACOG

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August is National Breastfeeding Month

Since August of 2011, this month has been recognized as National Breastfeeding Month by the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee. This month serves as a time to advocate for breastfeeding mothers and provide additional information to ensure all women have access to healthy breastfeeding resources. Breastfeeding is a large component of postpartum care for new mothers. Midwives are an excellent source for breastfeeding mothers or pregnant women contemplating whether or not breastfeeding is right for them. 

National Breastfeeding Month 2022

The 2022 theme for National Breastfeeding Month is “Together We Do Great Things!”. Their focus is to emphasize the importance of coming together as families and communities to celebrate the impact of breastfeeding. National Breastfeeding Month does not only advocate for health benefits to both the mother and the child, but it also recognizes the healthcare efforts made to provide and promote breastfeeding. 

Each week of August has a different focus for National Breastfeeding Month: 

Midwives & Breastfeeding

According to the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM), certified nurse-midwives recommend breastfeeding as the optimal form of infant feeding. Breastfeeding offers many benefits to both you and your baby. Certified nurse-midwives suggest that new mothers breastfeed exclusively for the first six months of their child’s life. Mothers can continue breastfeeding for up to a year or longer while they begin incorporating other foods into their baby’s diet. 

Here are some of the benefits breastfeeding offers to both you and your baby:

    • Breast milk offers great nutritional value to your child. It contains many vital nutrients and antibodies to protect against potential illnesses, such as asthma, type 1 diabetes, and obesity.
    • Breastfeeding can reduce the chance of illness in the mother. It has been linked to decreasing the risk of breast and ovarian cancer, as well as type 2 diabetes. 
  • More convenient for busy schedules. Breastfeeding can fit more flexibly into your schedule without worrying about preparing formula or breast pumping to make bottles of milk. 

Get in Touch With a Midwife

Your midwife is there to guide you through your postpartum journey and can answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding breastfeeding. If you’re looking to get involved with National Breastfeeding Month, spread the word on social media or take it upon yourself to further your own knowledge on breastfeeding. Contact us at (919) 351-8253 to learn more about how our certified nurse-midwives can help with breastfeeding. 

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