The Breastfeeding Decision

This is World Breastfeeding Week.

August 1 - 7 is World Breastfeeding Week, and some local groups are trying to bring awareness to their position that mothers should choose to breastfeed.

The Pitt County Health Department encourages mothers and families to support breastfeeding practices as the best nutrition choice for the baby.  Some of the benefits officials list include the ideal balance of nutrition for the baby, lower risk of infections, protects against asthma and some allergies in children, may prevent obesity and Type 2 Diabetes, health benefits for the mother and environmental friendliness.

Despite the health benefits for mom and baby, not every new mom decides to breastfeed.  Lifestyle, especially careers, can influence that decision. 

Breastfeeding has also been controversial in surprising ways, particularly about women breastfeeding in public.  A story that ran on in February 2009 about a woman who was asked to leave a Denny's Restaurant  in Western North Carolina after breastfeeding there garnered nearly five dozen comments. 

What's your take on breastfeeding?  Any moms out there want to offer what decision they made and why?

Be sure to tune into WITN News at Sunrise on Tuesday, August 4, to hear from local health officials about World Breastfeeding Week events and the health benefits of the practice.




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  • by Diana Location: Jacksonville on Aug 16, 2009 at 07:25 PM
    How can you NOT breasfeed? If your lifestyle doesn't allow you to breastfeed how can you expect to parent properly? The advantages are numerous and who wouldn't want to give their child the intelligence advantage that is derived from breastfeeding? IF you can't take the time or you are not committed to the very best for your child PLEASE don't have one adopt a puppy or kitten
  • by JB Location: Greenville on Aug 6, 2009 at 05:29 PM
    I have two children, now 10 and 6, and I breastfed them both until they were one year old. Both of my children are very healthy and rarely sick. I am a working mother so I expressed milk 2-3 times a day. It was not easy but if you take it one day at a time, you can do it. It was the best thing for my children. I encourage every mother to try breasfeeding. I contribute breastfeeding to my children being very healthy. Breastfeeding created a very special bond between me and my children and I would do it again.
  • by Leigh Location: Greenville on Aug 5, 2009 at 06:51 AM
    I encourage all mothers to a least try breastfeeding. With my first child, I was only 21yrs old and only breastfed him for a little over a week. Wished I had stuck with it. With my 2nd child I was 33 yrs old and breastfed her for 3-4months, until I returned to work. I encourage all new mothers to reach out and ask for help. You will cherish these special times w/your baby and of course the nutritional benefits are great. If you have questions or concerns reach out to the lady at the health dept. (Mrs. Brooks) she is great!
  • by AJT Location: WILSON on Aug 4, 2009 at 09:10 AM
    I breastfed my only son until he was 13mos old. I feel like it was the best decision I have ever made not only for myself but for him as well. He has only had one ear infection and no other health problems. He is 19mos now and we are so close and have such a strong bond and I know that it is partly due to breastfeeding. It is an amazing feeling to give your newborn the best start to life you possibly can. And, not to mention it's FREE and very convenient. No getting out of bed and going to the kitchen and standing over the sink or stove to warm a bottle. If I have more children I will definitely breastfeed them too. I hate to hear women say they won't do it because the dont want to lose the shape of their breasts or they think its old!? In my opinion that is very selfish. Anyway, kudos to all women who decide to do it. And to women who don't, all I can say is think about your baby's health and well being, gather some good info, talk to those who have done it, and rethink your decision.
  • by MK Wilson Location: Greenville on Aug 4, 2009 at 05:46 AM
    I am a working mom and breastfed three children. It was the greatest thing for our entire family! Breastfeeding kept me eating healthy and I lost all my pregancy weight.I loved the time cuddling babies especially with working. My husband would sit with us too and was a big supporter. I expressed milk and when I could not be there, my husband gave it in a bottle after the baby was 5 months old. At night, the crib was in our room and my husband just lifted out the baby and gave him to me to feed while we both drifted back to sleep. We could not afford bottles and formula, really because we were students when our first was born.It saved money...lots! I breastfed in my job, in restaurants, and malls. I was discreet and no one stared or objected. I believe breastmilk belongs to a baby and its the baby's birthright to have it if at all possible. My kids were breastfed until they stopped...between 18 and 22 months. All my kids are grown and healthy due to being fed well.

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