Celebrating National Breastfeeding Month: Feeding Your Way with Juno and Bobbie
August is a special month for parents, babies, and families as we celebrate National Breastfeeding Month. This month is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of breastfeeding or chestfeeding, recognizing the benefits it brings to both babies and parents, and promoting a supportive environment for breastfeeding parents everywhere.
Here’s a written recap of an event we held at our Brooklyn location with our pediatrician, Danis Copenhaver, MD, and a lactation consultant with Bobbie, Shoshanna Levine, IBCLC.
The Magic of Breast Milk
Breast milk is often referred to as "liquid gold" for good reason. It's a miraculous concoction that nature has designed to provide optimal nutrition and immunity to babies. Packed with antibodies, enzymes, and essential nutrients, breast milk helps protect infants against infections, allergies, and diseases. The composition of breast milk adapts as the baby grows, ensuring that their changing nutritional needs are met.
Promoting Health and Well-being
The health benefits of breastfeeding extend far beyond infancy. Studies have shown that breastfeeding can reduce the risk of chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and certain types of cancer in both mothers and babies. The physical closeness and skin-to-skin contact during breastfeeding promote emotional bonding, which contributes to a strong parent-child connection.
National Breastfeeding Month also shines a light on the importance of empowering parents to make informed feeding choices. Breastfeeding isn't always easy (or possible); it requires patience, practice, and support. This month, let's celebrate the resilience of parents who choose to breast and chestfeed and those who provide vital support along the way. Whether it's partners, families, friends, or healthcare providers, a supportive network can make a world of difference in a parent’s breastfeeding journey.
Breaking Myths and Overcoming Challenges
Unfortunately, breastfeeding still faces its share of myths and challenges. From misconceptions about milk supply to societal discomfort with public breastfeeding, there's much work to be done to normalize breastfeeding and create a more breastfeeding-friendly world. National Breastfeeding Month is a platform to dispel these myths and address these challenges head-on, fostering an environment where mothers feel empowered and respected for their feeding choices.
Challenge #1 - Feeding in the Workplace
One of the significant challenges breastfeeding mothers face is maintaining breastfeeding when returning to work. Thankfully, more attention is being given to the need for workplace support. Employers are recognizing the importance of providing comfortable spaces for pumping and allowing flexible break times for breastfeeding mothers. This positive shift not only supports mothers but also acknowledges the value of a healthy workforce.
Challenge #2 - Inclusive Breastfeeding Advocacy
It's important to acknowledge that breastfeeding is a journey for all genders. In an inclusive world, we must recognize that transgender and non-binary individuals can also have breastfeeding experiences. This National Breastfeeding Month, let's stand united in celebrating all feeding journeys and supporting every individual's choice and situation.
Challenge # 3 - Spreading Awareness and Support
During this National Breastfeeding Month, let's engage in open conversations about breastfeeding, spread awareness about its benefits, and create a more compassionate and understanding space. Whether you're a new parent, a healthcare professional, or simply someone who cares about the well-being of families, you can contribute to the positive change needed to empower breastfeeding parents.
As we celebrate National Breastfeeding Month, let's remember that breastfeeding is not only about nourishment; it's about nurturing bonds, supporting health, and empowering families to make the best choices for their unique circumstances. Together, we can create a world where every parent has the knowledge, resources, and respect they deserve on their feeding journey.
Need Support with Feeding your Child?
Juno’s pediatric, family medicine, and women’s health expert providers are ready to support you and your baby on your feeding journey. Explore our website to learn more about our services, and book an appointment today.