The benefits of breastfeeding extend beyond infant nutrition. Infants who are breastfed have lower rates of asthma, obesity, severe respiratory disease, SIDS, and more. Moms who breastfeed have lower rates of diabetes, breast and ovarian cancer, and hypertension. The social-emotional benefits of breastfeeding are also far reaching and include enhanced infant-mother bonding. While the majority of new mothers express a desire to breastfeed, fewer than 1 in 4 infants are exclusively breastfed by the time they are 6 months old. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have identified a number of supports that can help new moms sustain breastfeeding, including hospital practices, community supports, workplace policies, and educational and encouragement. RiseVT program managers have worked closely with the Vermont Department of Health to enhance workplace supports for breastfeeding. This work gained enough momentum that St. Albans sought out and received the designation of Breastfeeding Friendly City, making it one of only a handful of breastfeeding friendly communities around the country! At RiseVT we are proud to support breastfeeding and the critical role it can play in the health of moms and babies!
If you want more information, here is a great list of breastfeeding resources!
- Kelly Mom has a tremendous amount of helpful information about breastfeeding, including troubleshooting and tips for unexpected challenges.
- Vermont Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and many insurance companies will provide breast pumps or reimburse moms who purchase breast pumps. Be sure to check your benefits to see if you qualify.
- Your right to breastfeed in public spaces is protected by Vermont law.
- Both state and federal law provide protections for nursing mothers in the workplace.
- Support makes all the difference in achieving your breastfeeding goals. Find more Vermont based lactation resources here.