August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, a campaign launched by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The goal is to promote contemporary scientific research that shows breastfeeding to be one of the most impactful ways to nourish a child’s early development.
The public is becoming increasingly aware that nutrients available in breast milk are better than formula for their babies. This sometimes creates a divide between new moms and their mothers who tended to use formula. This campaign is meant to show that changing childcare practices along with new research is not a slight against the way new grandmothers raised their children. The mentality that traditional forms of care and nourishing are more valuable simply because they are traditional is a falsehood that National Breastfeeding Awareness Month hopes to dispel.
Many concerned family members might assume that the baby isn’t getting enough food, especially if a mother’s breast are more pear-shaped than apple. However, research has shown that while smaller breasts may not store milk in larger quantities, they are able to produce a similar amount to larger breasts and meet the newborn’s dietary needs. Bodies are capable of some amazing feats, and old ideas about what is “normal” for childcare can be misleading.
Even if you lack support from your community, breastfeeding boutiques staffed by knowledgeable lactation consultants are popping up in cities all over the United States. These boutiques offer many products such as:
- Breastfeeding Bras
- Nipple Shields, and pumps
Meeting with a lactation consultant can provide a new mother with a whole arsenal of tricks to allow her to stay committed to her new breastfeeding schedule.
In celebration of National Breastfeeding Month, give Aeroflow Healthcare a call to discuss our newest line of breast pumps including brands such as:
- Hygeia and more
They may be fully covered by your insurance, and a representative can walk you through our straightforward process for getting one at little to no cost to you.