More and more hospitals in the United States are supporting breastfeeding practices for new moms. Healthcare officials say that babies will be healthier this way, but also that more work is needed to promote breastfeeding.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of US hospitals that adopted the guidelines for breastfeed doubled in the last 10 years. The guidelines are called Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and they represent the standard for all of the hospitals around the world that support breastfeeding after birth.
In the last 6 years alone, the number jumped by 25% in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tom Frieden, director at CDC, said that the hospital’s approach when it comes to breastfeeding can make a big difference in the practice. The staff is prepared to tell just how much the babies need breastfeeding.
Frieden said that breastfeeding is not only crucial for an infant’s health, but that it also brings benefits to the mother. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are glad that the practice is becoming more and more popular in the United States, but they would like to see even more progress.
Tom Frieden declared that nearly 15% of the babies that are born in the United States each year is born in hospitals that follow the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding guidelines. Right now, 9 out of 10 US hospitals follow at least two of the ten recommended steps.
The American Academy of Pediactrics recommend that babies should only feed with breast milk, at least in the first half of their first year of life, then they can continue breastfeeding with other types of milk. Goat milk is recommended for children, as of all animal milk it is the most similar to the ones of humans.
According to Frieden, some babies may need breastfeeding one hour after being born, while others one day after, it really differs from one case to another. Fried warns that those babies who are not fed enough risk to be obese and suffer from diabetes, respiratory infections, ear infections, and many other illnesses present in babies.
In addition, mothers will benefit from breastfeeding as well. A number of studies had shown that breastfeeding reduces the risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer in mothers, while they also may lower the risk for illnesses such as diabetes.
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