Everyone knows that breastfeeding is best but everyone should also know that it is a commitment and not for everyone. For those moms who are able to and choose to breastfeed, we applaud you.
From the AAP: “Newly Revised” Breastfeeding Policy Statement
The AAP released their revised breastfeeding policy statement in February 2012. This policy summarizes the benefits of breastfeeding to the infant, the mother, and the nation. The policy statement defines the various ways in which pediatricians can promote, protect, and support breastfeeding. The Academy continues to recommend exclusive breastfeeding for about the first 6 months of life, followed by added solid foods and continued breastfeeding one year or longer as mutually desired by the mother and infant. According to Dr. Richard Schanler, MD, FAAP, there is a staggering amount of data that indicates that breastfeeding can play a positive role in reducing the risk for numerous medical conditions in infants. The policy statement also mentions that there are only a few medical indications that preclude or limit breastfeeding and even preterm infants should receive breast milk because it has been found to reduce the risk of necrotizing enterocolitis by 58% to 83%. View the full policy.
Local Lactation Consultant
Bulloch Pediatrics now has a lactation consultant on staff. Read more here.
Southeast Georgia Lactation and Wellness Services, LLC
Nancy W. Derr, RN, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
Below are some more great resources to help get you through your baby’s first year of life:
- HealthyChildren.org: Baby
- The CDC Guide to Strategies to Support Breastfeeding Mothers and Babies
- New Mother’s Guide to Breastfeeding