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Aug 06

World Breastfeeding Week 2015

Posted on August 6, 2015 at 5:02 PM by Joanna Cortes

World Breastfeeding Week 2015

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August 1st – 7th is World Breastfeeding Week. It is a week to promote and celebrate nursing mothers and their babies throughout the world.

It is important to note that the decision to breastfeed is very personal. New mothers need and deserve support no matter how they decide to feed their baby. Nobody should be made to feel guilty if they cannot or choose not to breastfeed.

Some women feel that breastfeeding is the right fit for them and their babies. Here are some reasons why a mother may choose to nurse her baby:

  • Specific nutrition that only breast milk can provide and the resulting health benefits for the baby
  • Health benefits for the mother
  • Economic benefits
  • Bonding and close connection with baby

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For more information, see Benefits of Breastfeeding,  provided by WIC (Women, Infants, and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program)

You can also visit La Leche League of Colorado Wyoming for resources  and support


This year’s theme for World Breastfeeding Week is “Breastfeeding and Work”. As explained on the World Breastfeeding Week website, the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action “
calls for concerted global action to support women to combine breastfeeding and work. Whether a woman is working in the formal, non-formal or home setting, it is necessary that she is empowered in claiming her and her baby’s right to breastfeed.”

nursing mamaRemember, mothers should not be alone in this effort – they need the support of their partners and spouses, family, friends, employers, medical experts and community partners. The following resources can help the whole community make this happen:

KNOW THE LAWS, KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
Whether you are a new mother or an employer, inform yourself on the laws. 


A BUSINESS CASE FOR BREAST FEEDING
Evidence shows that is beneficial and both the employer and nursing employee.
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The Business Case for Breastfeeding, US DHHS


MAKING IT WORK

Steps and resources for employers from the Office on Women's Health, US Department of Health and Human Services

 

If you are local employer interested in learning more about implbaby footementing a breastfeeding program here in Montrose County or are a local resident with questions or concerns about the lactation accommodations in your workplace, please contact:


Joanna Cortes Pomeo

Health Educator 
Montrose County Health & Human Services
970-252-5011
jcortes@montrosecounty.net

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