Breastfeeding: Giving babies a healthy start
Carole Meekins reportsPhoto: Video by tmj4.com
MILWAUKEE- The African American Breast Feeding network is working to ensure that the tiniest among us get the best start.
The agency educates new moms about breast-feeding. They also get information about keeping their babies healthy. Dalvery Blackwell is Co-founder of the African American breast feeding network. She notes, "The Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization, the American Academy of Pediatrics agree that breast milk is the best nutrition for babies and young children.''
Many moms who try to breast-feed stop because of a lack of time, experience or support. But the network is trying to combat those obstacles. New mom Keiera Baldwin says, "A lot of my friends were like, how are you going to do it and why are you going to do it." But she adds, "through breast-feeding my bond with my baby is lot stronger than what it would be if I was not."
Medical experts say breast-fed babies are smarter, healthier, and less likely to suffer ear infections, asthma, diabetes, even cancer. That is why new Baldwin feels good about her decision to breast-feed. She concludes, "I wish that more moms would breast-feed even even if they don't do it for six months, at least a month however long they can."