Breastfeeding Awareness Month: New Jersey Breastfeeding Coalition · ZipMilk.org · RWJBarnabas Health · New Jersey Dept. Health
One of the best things we can do as a start for our children is to provide them with the best nutrition available through breast milk. Not only is your baby being fed milk customized for them, but it also passes on the benefit of the mother’s immune factors for as long as the baby receives breastmilk.
Feeding your baby at the breast is one of the most rewarding experiences of motherhood, is a great way to feel connected to the baby, and is the healthiest way to feed a baby in the first year of life. Doctors at the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life, then adding solid foods as complementary nourishment. Continue to breastfeed for 2 years or until mom and baby decide to stop. The more a baby receives breastmilk, the more protection they will have against short and long-term illness.
August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month, and while nursing benefits both mamas and babes, it may not always be easy. Some moms have a more challenging journey with a baby who won’t latch on or take her milk, while others find the stress of a nursing schedule getting in the way of their bonding experience. But this month is all about assuring new and seasoned mamas you’re not alone—there is support from classes to resources and products.
Partners are a huge help and can ensure mom and baby are happy and healthy. As new parents adjust to their new roles, talking often and listening for ways to help is good. Partners can do everything up to and after breastfeeding, including soothing the baby, bathing, changing, dressing, cuddling, and doing skin-to-skin. They can also keep mom company during feedings.
It’s good to reach out for support whenever a new family has questions about breastfeeding. A prenatal breastfeeding class or one-on-one consultation is a great way to get started.
Outpatient Lactation Support (all services are provided by a registered nurse, board-certified lactation consultant) Registration is required for all programs by calling 862-781-3873