Thanks to the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC), August has been declared National Breast Feeding Month. This happened for the first time back in 2011, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has been advocating for breast feeding awareness for decades. They are driving an annual campaign to empower women to commit to breast feeding.
There has been a lot of progress over the last five years when it comes to breastfeeding awareness, but the USBC is still working hard to make public opinion a positive one. This National Breastfeeding Month organization has done so many good things for expectant mothers, moms needing breast pumps, and more.
Breastfeeding in public is legal: According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 49 of all 50 states have legislation in place protecting breast feeding mothers' rights to nurse their child wherever they see fit.
Breastfeeding moms get more sleep: Some people think that you'll get less sleep when you breastfeed, but that isn't true. It's actually estimated that breastfeeding moms get an extra 45 minutes of sleep every night, according to a study published in the Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing.
Breastfeeding rates are higher among older moms: Breastfeeding rates are actually higher in mothers over 30 compared to younger mothers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage of mothers who breastfeed increases dramatically in older moms. Only about 43% of moms 20 and younger breastfeed, while 65% of moms aged 20 to 29 breastfeed. Moms over 30 have the highest breastfeeding rate, which is over 75%.
Breastfeeding can save you a lot of money: Breastfeeding can actually save you around $1,200 to $1,500 every year, according to Women's Health. This is still true even though you have to buy pumps, bottles, nursing bras, etc.
Celebrating National Breastfeeding Month is incredibly important in order to raise awareness about such an important aspect of life. The more knowledge you have about it, the better you can help raise awareness too.
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