August 1 to 7 every year is observed as World Breastfeeding Week. In a bid to promote breastfeeding, explain its importance and support nursing mothers all over the world, the first week of August is celebrated as World Breastfeeding Week. This year’s theme is “Breastfeeding: Foundation for Life”. The World Health Organization says “breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to provide children everywhere with the best start in life.”
Breastfeeding is an important task for the mother. Nowadays, lots of disputes come in the public forum regarding this. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), breastfeeding is recommended for the first 6 months of the baby, exclusively. Breastmilk must not be replaced by formula milk, juice or water during the first 6 months of a newborn. After 6 months, breastfeeding should be continued along with other nourishing foods for the baby.
Breastmilk is known to contain antibodies which help the baby fight against virus and bacteria. Breastmilk reduces rates of asthma and allergies in newborns. Babies who are fed breastmilk exclusively for their first 6 months are lesser prone to diarrhoea, ear infections and respiratory illness. “Breastfeeding has been linked to higher IQ scores in later childhood compared to a formula-fed baby.
So, to celebrate and honour World Breastfeeding week, here are seven celeb mamas who have encouraged breastfeeding by sharing their pictures.
I've gotten loads of posts asking about life after having my son… esp to do with weight and fitness. Seeing as it's World Breastfeeding Week- time to give some credit where credit is due. Breastfeeding has played such a big part in getting back into shape after giving birth to my baby. Breastfeeding has been challenging+time consuming (literally hours spent everyday trying to stimulate milk supply) but it's such a beautiful way to bond and connect with your child plus all the nutritional benefits that your child gets from your milk. Look out for my blog post on mycityforkids.com on breastfeeding. Happy #worldbreastfeedingweek
These two pictures might be my favorite ones of last weekend! There is more than one message that we all can take from these. One being, I hope to normalize breastfeeding because it’s a natural thing women can do for their babies. I think women should be able to feed their babies how they want, when they want and where they want. End of discussion! Another message I hope comes out of this is that women need to be confident in themselves no matter what. There is no one shape, size, age, or ethnicity that defines beauty. We are all beautiful! Look at the final 16 girls that were chosen. All different. All beautiful. Thank you @si_swimsuit and @mj_day for celebrating that year after year. Lastly, never give up on your dreams and goals, even when it may seem like there are many barriers in front of you at times. You are stronger than you think! We can do it all! So my #wcw today is every woman out there!!!! WOMEN CRUSH WEDNESDAY! 1st: @quinn_willoughby 2nd: @theimagesniper #girlpower #siswimsearch #normalizebreastfeeding #bodypositivity
Benefits of breastfeeding for mothers are such that it lowers your risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer in mothers. It helps in forming a beautiful bond between you and your baby which is priceless. This is the reason why World Health Organization vouches that mother’s breastmilk should be continued exclusively until 6 months of age.
Such initiation of these celeb mamas can help other mothers realise the benefits of breastfeeding and encourage them to follow suit.