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Happy National Breastfeeding Month!
The 2021 National Breastfeeding Month theme is Every Step of the Way.
South Dakota WIC envisions a world where every family is supported at every step along the infant feeding journey.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and WIC suggest breastfeeding for at least one year and exclusively for the first six months. Breastfeeding significantly impacts the health of mothers and babies.
Breastfeeding reduces mom’s risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and more.
Breastfeeding reduces baby’s risk of ear and respiratory tract infections, asthma, allergies, eczema, SIDS, childhood obesity, some childhood cancers and more.
The longer you breastfeed, the greater the health benefits!
Long term breastfeeding success requires a strong support system from fathers, families, employers, childcare centers, healthcare providers, and community members.
WIC is committed to supporting breastfeeding mothers and their families. Here’s how…
- SD WIC staffs over 35 Certified Lactation Counselors (CLCs) and 1 International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) across the state.
- SD WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors are available 24 hours a day through text, phone, email and Zoom.
- Statewide, online breastfeeding classes and lactation support groups are available every month.
- Breast pumps and breastfeeding aids are available at each clinic.
- Breastfeeding mothers receive a greater quantity and variety of food and can be on the program for longer than mothers who are not breastfeeding.
- The online WIC Library is available to everyone (not just WIC families) with a whole section dedicated to breastfeeding!
WIC will share many great resources to help prepare for breastfeeding. One is the HUG Your Baby Roadmap to Breastfeeding Success. The Roadmap shows important changes that take place throughout the first year as baby grows and develops.
- increased crying at 2 weeks old,
- restless sleep of a 1 month old,
- distracted 4 month old that doesn’t seem to want to breastfeed, or
- out of sorts behavior at 9 months when fear of strangers sets in.
Each of these changes, or stages, is a sign of normal behavior and development. However sometimes normal baby behavior can be misread as a breastfeeding problem. Being prepared for each stage will help you meet your breastfeeding goal!
Wanting more information on breastfeeding?! Check out these other great News articles.
Remember WIC is with you Every Step of the Way!
This post was last updated on August 2nd, 2021 at 8:16 AM
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