August is National Breastfeeding Month. While breastfeeding is as old as the human race, the month was only officially declared on August 6, 2011 by the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC), although the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has been advocating breastfeeding awareness for decades by driving an annual campaign to empower women to commit to breastfeeding.
While there has been significant progress in breastfeeding awareness over the past five years, USBC invites individuals and organizations to participate on Twitter using #NBM16. Additionally, USBC is hosting two Virtual Town Hall Meetings that will help set the agenda and priority of their associated strategies for the next five years.
For more about celebrating National Breastfeeding Month and participating in upcoming USBC events visit www.usbreastfeeding.org.
Interesting Breastfeeding Facts from Romper.com that you can share with your parent commmunity:
Breastfeeding in public is legal - According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 49 of the 50 states have legislation in place protecting (or at least allowing)breastfeeding mother's right to nurse their childwhere ever they please.
Breastfeeding moms get more sleep - You probably don't feel like it, but it's estimated thatbreastfeeding moms get an extra 45 minutes of sleepper night, according to a study in the Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing.
Breastfeeding Rates Among Mothers 30 And Up Is Significantly Higher Than In Younger Moms - Data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that thepercentage of moms who breastfeed increases greatly in older moms. Only about 43 percent of moms who are 20 and younger breastfeed while 65 percent of moms aged 20 to 29 breastfeed. Moms over 30 have the highest breastfeeding rate, at over 75 percent.
Breastfeeding Can Save Your Family $1,200 To $1,500 Each Year - Although breastfeeding isn't completely free (if you plan to purchase things like nursing bras, a breast pump, bottles, etc.) it's definitely going to save you a bit of cash. According to Women's Health, the averageamount a breastfeeding family can savefrom not buying formula is anywhere from $1,200 to $1,500.
Check out Baby Safety Zone’s Twitter all month for breastfeeding awareness messages. Be sure to tag us as well @BabySafetyZone or #BSZ .