According to a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), new mothers should be breastfeeding their babies for longer periods of time to gain the many health benefits to both infant and mother. The new policy statement is the first update to breastfeeding guidelines since 1997.
The aim of the updated AAP guidelines is to stress the benefit of exclusive breastfeeding until at least the six-month mark. All health information related to breastfeeding, including benefits to both mother and child, has been updated to make a stronger case for this.
It seems like most large organizations associated with infant health and breastfeeding are promoting breastfeeding, especially for 6 to 12 months. This notion is germane to infant health.
But let’s consider, mothers that return to work before infant is 3 months old is 30.6% plus another 21.6% return to work by 5 months. How do these mothers fulfill this unrealistic ideal of breastfeeding for 6 months to a year, when most are in the work place long before six months?
Why is so there so little discussion of breast milk pumping? There are wonderful cases where mothers had great supportive husbands or family members, who were willing to bring the baby to the workplace to allow breastfeeding. These, unfortunately, are not the norm. Too often, mothers will stop supplying breast milk due to returning to work.
So how will the World Health Organization, Department of Health and Human Services, the Center for Disease Control achieve their lofty goals? Mothers need real support for real life in the real world.
Join us at GotBreastPump.com in dialogue about the benefits of breast milk pumping. Mothers can return to work with a breast pump and still give their babies “Mother’s Milk, breast milk, the best milk!
Act (SEA) 219 legislation, effective July 1, 2008, promotes employer support for breastfeeding employees. Employers are required to make reasonable efforts to provide accommodations for women to collect and store breast milk during the workday. Employers are required to make reasonable efforts to provide a private space for collection and accessibility to breast milk storage area, either by providing a refrigerator or allowing the employee to bring portable cold storage.
Mothers need to be able to breast feed, or breast milk pumping with either a manual breast pump or electric breast pump.
If you are a mother back at work or returning to work soon, email, blog or just talk to all who will listen. Mothers and babies needs have been shrouded long enough.
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