However, the City's health officials attended the World Breastfeeding commemoration to allay the mothers' fears and concerns and to empower them with more knowledge on how to breastfeed
and the importance thereof.
"High breastfeeding initiation rates show that most mothers in the United States want to breastfeed
and start out doing so," the report states.
Arbab notes that most women can successfully breastfeed
with the support and encouragement of hospital staff.
Nutritious complementary foods should then be added while continuing to breastfeed
for up to two years or beyond.
PRAMS included data from 11 states and New York City and showed that 22.1% of women did not breastfeed
, 27.7% breastfed for less than 10 weeks, and 50.2% breastfed for more than 10 weeks (Ahluwalia et al., 2012).
She says supporting and encouraging mothers to breastfeed
should be a priority because it reduces a baby's risk of suffering stomach bugs, respiratory infection, ear infections and obesity.
Mothers who breastfeed
have reduced breast cancer risk, as well as developing a strong bond with their baby and burning extra calories which can help them lose baby weight.
(3) There are also health advantages for mothers who breastfeed
. The most beneficial are decreased postpartum bleeding and faster uterine involution, as well as earlier return to pre-pregnancy weight.
But in order to ensure that more women breastfeed
, we need to provide them with support right from the pregnancy stage.
Many women do want to breastfeed
but without the necessary support do not achieve this goal.
For example, women who choose to breastfeed
typically have higher incomes than those who choose not to breastfeed
Also, a recent study in Japan showed that although 96% of mothers were willing to breastfeed
their infants, only 44% had exclusive breastfeeding for the first 4 weeks after childbirth.