The Facts on Moms and #Breast-feeding (INFOGRAPHICS)

Happy weekend everyone!

Infographics are fun and they’re becoming more and more popular this year especially, so when I see one that’s as interesting as the one below I get excited and must share.

Find out the trend in American babies being breast-fed, in today's LiveScience GoFigure infographic.

Less than one-quarter of babies in the U.S. are still being breast-fed 12 months after birth, according to a 2011 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s nutrition branch. In sharp contrast, a survey of 79 countries by The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) found that more than half of the children were still breast-feeding at 2 years.

Multiple studies show that breast-feeding is beneficial for both mother and infant. Breast milk reduces allergies, colds, infections and other health problems. It also boosts the baby’s immune system, protecting them from illnesses.

Breast-fed babies have lower rates of ear infections, eczema, diarrhea, lower respiratory tract infections, sudden infant death syndrome, obesity, leukemia and childhood diabetes.

Mothers who breast-feed have lower rates of breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breast-feeding for the first six months of a baby’s life, followed by breast-feeding in combination with the introduction of complementary foods until at least 12 months of age, and continued breast-feeding as long as mother and baby chose to do so. However, most mothers in the U.S. do not breast-feed the recommended six months, which researchers theorize may contribute to more health issues in the future.

Breastfeeding is so important in brain health and development for babies. I will say though that I actually thought I would only breastfeed Arianna for 6 months at most. But the bonding experience I get with her and the incredible feeling of being her food source is so empowering and fulfilling as a mother. And now  I can’t imagine not breast-feeding my LO for that extra 6 months until she turns 1 year old.

When did you stop breast-feeding your LO?



2 thoughts on “The Facts on Moms and #Breast-feeding (INFOGRAPHICS)

  1. Zen and Genki

    I stopped breastfeeding my first baby, completely, at about 15 months, and around 16 months for my second. It was a real bonding experience with both kids and I loved it (though I do know mums who had a very difficult go of it, even with wonderful lactation coaches…) Definitely a very personal decision 🙂 By the way, I noticed in your sidebar that this was your first Mother’s Day–congratulations! It’s a marvelous club to belong to, motherhood, isn’t it? Have a lovely week!

    1. Glor

      ohmygoodness, I totally agree Anne–the bonding experience is one that I will forever cherish! Knowing that I’m THE sole food source for my daughter was and still IS incredibly one of the best feelings in the world. I truly love being a mom regardless of how many times I get spit on :)!
      Every now and then I freak out when I’m not producing as much as I used to in the beginning. But a women’s body is so amazing at what it does and I’m glad I haven’t dried up yet! And you’re right it’s a personal decision!

      Thank you, it was a weird feeling knowing that I was a mom but I felt very much like a woman at the same time. 🙂 Yes, a marvelous club indeed! I enjoy this exchange–thanks for commenting! Love! xoxo



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