August dedicated to breastfeeding awareness

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The American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization both recommend breastfeeding for the first six months of a child’s life.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization both recommend breastfeeding for the first six months of a child’s life.

To raise awareness of its benefits, August has been named Ohio Breastfeeding Awareness Month. The week of August 1-7 has been named World Breastfeeding Week.

Alexandrea Echols became a mother on July 1st. She told 10TV that the trip, while beautiful, comes with some challenges.

“I felt very lost at the start. Very outdated, ”said Echols. “You know, breastfeeding, you’d think it would come naturally because it’s something our body does naturally, but it doesn’t. This may be the case for some people, but not for me. This is not the case for me.

This is not unusual, according to Columbus Health Commissioner Dr Mysheika Roberts.

“They should know it’s not easy. Breastfeeding is not easy, ”said Dr Roberts.

It was Echols’ own mother who urged her to seek help from her community.

“I’m really grateful for all the resources we have that I wouldn’t have known if the people around me hadn’t decided to tell me about it,” she said.

Echols turned to the nutrition program for women, infants and children through Columbus Public Health.

“What I realized was that when I was uncomfortable I wouldn’t drop the milk so she would get angry and her anger in turn made it harder for her to stay. within, ”Echols said.

Dr Roberts explained that whether it’s resources via a lactation consultant with WIC, friends and family, or documents found on the Columbus Public Health website, finding support for new mothers is vital. .

“Most importantly, they need to know that breast milk is very good for their baby as well as for their own health because it can help them regain their pre-pregnancy weight a little faster,” she said. declared.

With the help of a lactation consultant, Echols learned that she was not alone. She found new ways to try until something worked for her and her daughter.

“It’s a natural thing our bodies do to support our child and it’s the healthiest thing for them,” she said. “There’s nothing wrong with formula, but if you can use breast milk, it’s amazing. ”

Eligibility for WIC depends on income and the number of people living in a household, according to Dr Roberts. Either way, Columbus Public Health has resources to share with any new mom in need of help.

For a list of phone numbers, websites, books, and smartphone apps that provide help for new moms Click here.

For more information on WIC, Click here.


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