World Breastfeeding Month
Is this the first year you are hearing about World Breastfeeding Month? Don't worry, we're here to fill you in. National breastfeeding month is a beautiful time to educate people about the positive effects on breastfeeding mothers and their children. The World Health Organization and many other organizations recommend breastfeeding whenever possible. World Breastfeeding Month is usually celebrated the first week in August! Let's get into it.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants and babies are breastfed for the first six months of their life. They also recommend breastfeeding a baby beyond six months of life with complementary nutritious foods. There is no need to introduce infant formula or other sources of nutrition for most infants. The World Health Organization also recommends breastfeeding a child until they are six months of age, but they recommend the child continues to breastfeed until closer to 2 years of age with the introduction of solids later.
I know we have discussed breastfeeding benefits before, but to anyone new here, I'll share some benefits with you. In general, breastfed children have a lowered chance of ear infections, diarrhea, pneumonia, bronchiolitis, wheezing, bacterial infections, viral infections, respiratory infections, obesity, sudden infant death syndrome, diabetes, colitis, asthma, and some cancers. Breastfeeding also benefits moms because it decreases the risk of ovarian cancer, breast cancer, osteoporosis, and obesity.
Breastmilk is also helpful for topical issues like acne, diaper rash, and styes. Some people have been known to keep a small amount of breastmilk to place on ailments for more effortless healing. Breastmilk baths are also excellent for the skin (in both babies and adults).
These benefits don’t even begin to scratch the surface. The skin-to-skin time and bonding that happens has even more benefits beyond the biological. Mothers that breastfeed have lower rates of depression as well.
Other things to note are that breastfeeding saves lives. Much like blood donations save lives, milk donations save lives. Babies in the NICU are prescribed pasteurized human donor milk rather than formula.
When was the first World Breastfeeding Week?
The first time World Breastfeeding Week was celebrated was back in 1992. Over 120 countries celebrate during the month of August, particularly from August 1 to August 7. World Breastfeeding Week commemorates the Innocenti Declaration that was signed in 1990 to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.
There have been times that breastfeeding wasn't supported or was frowned upon around the world. It was seen as strange for a woman to feed her baby in public places. This goes against all breastfeeding goals and we're happy to say that times are changing. Social media is extremely helpful in this mission. You can see tons of infographics shared about the benefits of breastfeeding, as well as strong women breastfeeding whenever and wherever their child needs nutrition.
Why is World Breastfeeding Month so Important?
The overall goal of this week and month is to highlight the importance of breastfeeding to those who may not know differently. It encourages mothers to breastfeed for as long as possible to improve the health of babies and mothers worldwide.
World Breastfeeding Week is organized annually by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action. This global network works together to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding for all breastfeeding people. They collaborate with organizations like the World Health Organization and UNICEF to provide aid to people in communities that need it.
Learn more about World Breastfeeding Week here. The theme of World Breastfeeding Week this year is Step up for Breastfeeding. Anyone on their breastfeeding journey or who knows someone who could benefit from this site's information should check it out.
Also worth noting is Black Breastfeeding Week, celebrated at the end of August. This week highlights the benefits of breastfeeding and highlights unique challenges and triumphs of being Black and breastfeeding. This is extremely important for health equity and bringing a global network of individuals together.
How The Dairy Fairy Bras Can Help
Our nursing and pumping bras are created with the breastfeeding mother in mind. Each stitch and clasp was thoroughly thought through so that you can experience comfort at its finest WHILE breastfeeding your baby effectively. Nursing mothers can easily remove the clip on the front of the bras to feed their baby anywhere and at any time. Pumping mothers can simply undo the clip, hook in their pump, reclip and provide nourishment for their baby hands-free.
We also have bras that were created to fit your wearable pumps, so you can continue doing what needs to be done without holding your pump parts. Trust us, we have thought of everything to make your breastfeeding journey simpler.
What Can You Do?
To learn more about the critical role that breastfeeding mothers and their breastfed babies play in our world, follow us on our Instagram page. We share some great things that benefit breastfeeding mothers, including information and our top-of-the-line bras. The key to successful breastfeeding these days is a great support system (whether that be your family, friends, local community, or social media outlets). Hopefully, awareness made possible through World Breastfeeding month will help women's health, mothers, and babies worldwide.