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Aug 16

August is National Breastfeeding Month

Posted on August 16, 2017 at 4:57 PM by Erika Story

August is National Breastfeeding Month! Many women continue to breastfeed after they return to work. How is this possible? Moms breastfeed their baby when they are home, and express their milk using a breast pump when they are away from the baby. This helps their body continue making milk and allows them to give their milk to their baby when they are away. Your support will help moms feel confident and relaxed knowing they are giving their baby the best they can, even after they return to work.

Research studies show that breastfed babies:
  • Are less likely to die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
  • Have fewer ear infections, respiratory infections,
  • stomach issues, and allergies
  • Have fewer digestive problems and are less likely to be
  • constipated
  • Are less likely to develop cancer or diabetes
  • Are less likely to be obese

Research studies show moms who breastfeed:
  • Burn up to 500 calories a day
  • Enjoy a special bond with their baby
  • Have lower stress levels
  • Are less likely to develop breast cancer or ovarian cancer
  • Are less likely to develop diabetes

Montrose County Government adopted a Lactation Policy in 2012 and recently completed the steps to become a Designated Breastfeeding Friendly Environment by:
  • Completing a Breastfeeding Self-Assessment
  • Staff and Visitor Policy and Environment
  • Designation of a Nursing Mothers Space
  • Compliance with the Colorado Workplace
  • Accommodations for Nursing Mothers Act


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