WIC Nutrition Buzz: World Breast Feeding Week
Here’s Karson from Karson and Kennedy in the morning to share his story about the WIC Nutrition Program:
World Breast Feeding Week is celebrated every year from the 1st to the 7th of August in more than 170 countries to encourage breast feeding and improve the health of babies around the world. It honors policy-makers from WHO and UNICEF to protect, promote and support breast feeding.
We know from our experience with our son Barrett that Breast feeding is the best way to provide newborns with the nutrients they need. WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding until a baby is six months old and continued breastfeeding with the addition of nutritious complementary foods for up to two years or beyond.
Breast feeding is an effective preventative intervention for preventing deaths of children under age 5. Other amazing benefits from breastfeeding include higher IQs for children who are breastfed for their first 7 to 9 months of life as compared to children who are breastfed for less than a month.
If you need any more compelling evidence to support breastfeeding, research shows that breastfeeding helps mothers lose weight and reduces their risk of breast & ovarian cancer as well as type-2 diabetes.
This WIC Nutrition Buzz is sponsored by the Department of Public Health’s WIC program, a nutrition and health program for women and families with kids under 5. Call 1-800-WIC-1007 for more information.