by Robin Allen, MSPH, RDN, LDN
What a great webinar, April 26 with Rose Marie Straeter, MA, RLC, IBCLC Breastfeeding-Nature’s Best.
If you missed this webinar, you could still obtain CPEU by listening to the recording located on the event page.
Listen to this audio chat with Rose Marie Straeter, MA, RLC, IBCLC and Dr. Karen Chapman-Novakofski to get insight into how to help your clients feel comfortable breastfeeding.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reaffirms its recommendation of breastfeeding exclusively for six months. After six months infant foods can be introduced with breastfeeding continuing for one year. Breastfeeding and human milk are the standards for infant feeding and nutrition. According to the AAP, breastfeeding results in improved infant and maternal health outcomes.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) “Breastfeeding Report Card” highlights the progress of achieving the breastfeeding goals outlined in Healthy People 2010 and 2020. The overall rate of breastfeeding according to National Immunization Survey data are 75%. However, this varies significantly by sociodemographic and cultural differences. The breastfeeding rate of the Hispanic or Latino population was 80.65%, the non-Hispanic or African American population was 58.1%. The rate of breastfeeding in low-income mothers receiving Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) was 67.5% but with higher income mothers the rate was 84.6%. Mothers younger than 20 years were less likely to breastfeed than a mother over 30.
With all the benefits of breastfeeding, how do we as providers encourage mothers to breastfeed?
American Academy of Pediatrics, March 2012, Volume 129/Issue 3 Policy Statement Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/pediatrics/129/3/e827.full.pdf accessed April 28, 2016
This post was written by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn.