Jul 31, 2012

Road to lifelong health begins with breastfeeding


DARKE COUNTY—The United States and Mexico have the highest rates of obesity. Poor feeding practices can lead to malnutrition, poor health and even obesity. Breastfeeding can help reduce this risk because there is a strong link between a mother’s nutrition and health and that of her baby.

Research shows that a baby not getting six months of breast milk has a higher chance of having ear infections, diarrhea, asthma, SIDS and respiratory illness. Also, mothers who do not breastfeed raise their risk of getting breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month, highlighting the benefits of mother’s milk for a baby’s growth and the positive impacts on mother and family. Successful breastfeeding begins with the support of families, health care providers, governments, employers and communities.

Globally, with the commitments of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) lending support, the health benefits of breastfeeding are being celebrated this year with the theme “The Road to Lifelong Health Begins with Breastfeeding.”

For more information about World Breastfeeding Month (BAM) or IBCLCs, visit www.ILCA.org. To learn more about World Breastfeeding Month activities planned in the community, contact the Darke County WIC office, 547-1776.

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