“For nearly all infants, breastfeeding is the best source of infant nutrition and immunologic protection, and it provides remarkable health benefits to mothers as well.”
-Surgeon General Regina Benjamin
The AAP Executive Summary on Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk says, “The AAP reaffirms its recommendation of exclusive breastfeeding for about 6 months, followed by continued breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced, with continuation of breastfeeding for 1 year or longer as mutually desired by mother and infant.” There you can also find the health benefits for infants and mothers who breastfeed, including the 77% reduction in the costly and sometimes fatal, necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) when preterm infants are fed an exclusive human milk diet. You can also find how hospital routines influence breastfeeding rates and more about the role of the pediatrician.
As health care providers, you are a critical part of making a difference in breastfeeding rates here in north Louisiana. You can start getting involved in the coalition by joining our email subscription, participating in our meetings and events, and telling others about us. We need you!