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World Breastfeeding Week 2015

Amy Long Carrera, MS, RD, CNSC, CWCMS
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist | Shield HealthCare
07/24/15  6:22 PM PST
World Breastfeeding Week

World Breastfeeding Week 2015 is August 1-7!

This year spotlights breastfeeding mothers at work.

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, most employers must offer breastfeeding moms:

  • Reasonable break times to pump for up to 1 year after birth
  • Space, other than a bathroom stall, to privately express breastmilk

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends:

  • Exclusive breastfeeding for about 6 months
  • Continued breastfeeding as foods are introduced
  • Continued breastfeeding for 1 year or longer

 

Breastfeeding Benefits for Infants

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Condition Estimated Risk Reduction
Upper Respiratory Tract Infections 72%
Gastrointestinal Tract Infections 64%
Necrotizing Enterocolitis 58%
Celiac Disease 52%
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome 36%
Allergic Disease 27-42%
Diabetes 30%
Obesity 15-30%
Otitis Media (Ear Infections) 23%

 

Breastfeeding Benefits for Mothers

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  • More rapid return of uterus to pre-birth size
  • Decreased postpartum blood loss
  • Increased loss of baby weight
  • Reduced risk of:
    • Postpartum depression
    • Type 2 Diabetes
    • Cardiovascular disease
    • Breast and ovarian cancers

For more information, see related articles and breastfeeding resources here:

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