National Breastfeeding Month

August is National Breastfeeding Month, and the theme for 2020 is Many Voices United. 

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This National Breastfeeding Month, we are "Many Voices United" in support of breastfeeding.

CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) will be posting social media throughout the month of August to support National Breastfeeding Month. Please follow DNPAO on Twitter (@CDC_DNPAO) and Facebook (CDC Eat Well Be Active) and like or share our posts.

Breastfeeding has many benefits for baby and mom.

This National Breastfeeding Month, learn five great benefits of breastfeeding.

  1. Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for most babies.
    Breast milk provides ideal nutrition and supports growth and development. As the baby grows, the mother’s breast milk will change to meet her baby’s nutritional needs.
  1. Breastfeeding can help protect babies against some short- and long-term illnesses and diseases.
    Breastfed babies have a lower risk of asthma, obesity, type 1 diabetes, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Breastfed babies are also less likely to have ear infections and stomach bugs.
  2. Breastmilk shares antibodies from the mother with her baby.
    Breastfeeding passes antibodies from the mother to her baby. These antibodies help protect baby from illnesses and develop a strong immune system.
  3. Mothers can breastfeed anytime and anywhere.
    Mothers can feed their babies on the go without worrying about having to mix formula or prepare bottles. When travelling, breastfeeding can also provide a source of comfort for babies whose normal routine is disrupted.

  4. Breastfeeding can reduce the mother’s risk of breast and ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.
    Breastfeeding has health benefits for the mother too! Some cancers, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure are less common among women who breastfeed.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for about 6 months, and then continuing breastfeeding while introducing complementary foods until a child is 12 months old or older. This provides ideal nutrition and supports growth and development. You can read the full recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics.external icon