During National Breastfeeding Month this August, the primary care physicians at Memorial Health University Physicians encourage community members to support nursing mothers.
The recommended period of time for mothers to breastfeed their newborn babies is 12 months, but many women who pump breastmilk in public or in the workplace are met with less-than-accepting attitudes.
“We have to stop looking at breastfeeding like a meal for baby and start looking at it as the unmatched source of health benefits that it is,” says Candace Murbach, DO, a family medicine physician at Memorial Health University Physicians’ Family Care East 66th St. “We can literally improve millions of lives just by giving new moms and their families our support and understanding for breastfeeding.”
The health benefits to baby are fairly well known – such as decreased risk of infection and childhood obesity – but the health benefits to mothers are often overlooked. Breastfeeding mothers also experience long-term positive impacts from breastfeeding, including a reduced risk of getting certain cancers. These health benefits mean smaller healthcare costs for breastfeeding babies and their mothers.