• By Deborah Balzer

Breast-feeding: Making it easier for moms

August 6, 2015

woman breast feeding, nursing babyAugust 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week, and the The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA)  wants women to continue breast-feeding when they return to the work force after having a baby. They also call for workplaces to support this effort.

Mayo Clinic Children’s Center pediatrician Dr. Robert Jacobson says breast milk is full of micronutrients naturally designed for babies. It offers excellent nutrition and helps boost their immune system. He encourages women to breast-feed if they can, but realizes not all women choose to or are able to breast-feed, and in that case they should not feel guilty. Dr. Jacobson does hope more employers will support women who want to breast-feed or pump while at work. "We have, unfortunately, some employers who fail to provide for their employees."

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breast-feeding for the first six months after birth — and breast-feeding in combination with solid foods until at least age 1.

Journalists: Sound bites are available in the downloads. [TRT 1:04] Click here for the transcript of his comments.

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