Michelle Obama promotes breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is recommended by the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity as one one of the ways to reduce the risk of childhood obesity (1 out of 3 American kids is now overweight or obese). The 100 pages report, released yesterday by Michelle Obama, focuses on having a good start in early childhood. Increasing the breastfeeding rates (especially increasing the number of babies who are breastfed for at least 9 months) is one of the goals and the report states a few ways to get there, for example increasing the number of “baby-friendly” designated hospitals, as they encourage breastfeeding. I would also add that the baby-friendly hospitals respect the World health organization International code for the marketing of breastmilk substitutes, thus fostering their confidence in their ability to breastfeed without substitutes.

I find it quite interesting to read that every month of breastfeeding reduces the risk by an added 4%. This positive effect of breastfeeding reaches the maximum of 22% once the baby has been breastfed for nine months. Studies show that the effects of breastfeeding last all the way to adolescence.

We’re doing the right thing, let’s keep up the good work and keep on breastfeeding!
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2 thoughts on “Michelle Obama promotes breastfeeding”

  1. way to go!!! So glad the White House is starting to support us more! My daughter is 13 months were still nursing despite getting negative comments. It’s what works for us and I love having that time with her. I’m a single mom in school and I work so being too busy to nurse is just not an excuse. The benefits are worth it. You only get a small window to nurse and to give your child the best start, I’m hoping more and more moms will nurse and hopefully we can end this awful obesity cycle. Love it products and website, keep up the good work!!

    1. Hello Shanna,
      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment! I agree with you, it is great that the White House is starting to support breastfeeding moms. Hopefully this new report will make waves and make nursing (in public and in private) an older baby acceptable in the eyes of the general public.
      Happy nursing,
      Christine

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