Tip of the Day
World Breastfeeding Week
Today is the official start of World Breastfeeding Week and the theme this year is Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers.
Support for breast-feeding mothers can come from their family and friends, pediatricians, their own health-care professionals and/or a lactation specialist. Another excellent source for guidance and confidence for breast-feeding your baby is a registered dietitian nutritionist. A registered dietitian nutritionist can help make sure you're getting enough iron, vitamin D, fluoride, calcium and B vitamins for you and your little one.
It is the position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that exclusive breast-feeding provides optimal nutrition and health protection for the first 6 months of life and breast-feeding with complementary foods from 6 months until at least 12 months of age is the ideal feeding pattern for infants.
Breast milk's unique antibodies (or disease-fighting cells) help protect infants from numerous illnesses and diseases. Breast-feeding also helps reduce a nursing mother's risk of diabetes, breast and ovarian cancers and postpartum depression.
To learn more about the health benefits of breast-feeding, consult a registered dietitian nutritionist in your area and visit our Breast-feeding page.
Reviewed June 2013