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 WITN.com 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.