World Breastfeeding Week

by Kelly Choate on August 3, 2012 at 4:18 am

It’s World Breastfeeding Week, which means medical professionals across the globe are spreading awareness.

Lactation Consultant Shelly Clark said she helps new moms adjust to the process.  Breastfeeding is beneficial to the mother and her baby.

"Their milk is made just for their babies," said Clark.  "Breast milk is also going to change as the baby changes in age, but it also helps the mother.  It helps mothers prevent breast and ovarian cancers.  It also helps mothers go back to their pre-pregnancy stage."

Brittany Clifton is a first-time mom who breastfeeds her seven-month-old son Casen.  She was hesitant at first, but now she donates her extra milk to mothers in need.

"I was fortunate to have a full term, healthy baby," said Clifton.  "Some moms aren’t, so it was donated to Children’s Hospital in Columbus.  It goes to premature babies and mothers that can’t produce enough milk for their babies."

The World Alliance For Breastfeeding Action launched its first World Breastfeeding Week campaign 20 years ago.