The theme of World Breast Feeding Week 2018 is "Breastfeeding: Livelihood". Organizations around the world are supporting this event and promoting the role of breastfeeding for well-being. These organizations include the United Nations Children's Fund, the World Health Organization, the International Baby Food Action Network, La Leche League International, the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, Wellstart International, Global Goals and the World Alliance for Breastfeeding.
This health and human services are concerned with the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding.
There are many reasons that make breastfeeding the healthiest option for most families. The cells, hormones and antibodies in breast milk protect babies from illness. This protection changes every day to meet the growing needs of a baby.
Studies show that breastfed babies are at lower risk for: asthma, leukemia (during childhood), obesity (during infancy), ear infections, sudden infant death syndrome, type 2 diabetes, eczema, diarrhea and vomiting, infections of the child lower respiratory tract and necrotization Enterocolitis, a disease that affects the gastrointestinal tract in premature babies or babies born before the 37th week of pregnancy.
Breastfeeding helps the mother to heal and heal after childbirth.
Breastfeeding also leads to a lower risk of these maternal health problems: Type 2 diabetes, certain types of breast cancer and ovarian cancer
"Formula" may be harder for a baby to digest. For most babies, especially premature babies, breast milk substitutes such as formula are more digestible than breast milk. Formula is made from cow's milk and it often takes time for the baby's stomachs to adapt to digestion.
Breast milk changes to meet the needs of a baby. Researchers think a baby's saliva transmits chemicals to a mother's body through breastfeeding. These chemicals help a mother's body create breast milk that meets the changing needs of the baby.
Breastfeeding may initially look like it takes a bit more effort than formulating. But breastfeeding can make your life easier if you and your baby are getting along in a good routine. If you are breastfeeding, there are no bottles and nipples to sterilize. You do not have to buy, measure and mix formula. And in the middle of the night there are no bottles to warm up. If you are breastfeeding, you can immediately satisfy your baby's hunger.
Formula and feed can cost well over $ 1
Physical contact is important for newborns. It helps them to feel safer, warmer and more comforting. Even mothers benefit from this proximity. Skin-to-skin contact increases your oxytocin level. Oxytocin is a hormone that helps breast milk to flow and calm the mother.
Despite support and research showing the benefits of breastfeeding, families continue to face barriers to making the healthiest choices for themselves and their babies. Work schedules, cultural stigmatization and misunderstandings are still significant and real obstacles for parents.
The North Country Family Health Center once again hosts "The Big Latch On" at the Forest Park Pavilion in Lowville from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm and 9:30 to 12:00 pm this year. 4 at the JB Wise Pavilion in Watertown.
Interested families may find helpful even age-matched nursing groups. They meet in:
n Hawn Memorial Library in Clayton at 16:30. on the 4th Tuesday of each month.
n Watertown Farm and Craft Market on the lawn at City Hall at 10 am Wednesday
n Carthage Area Hospital Professional Building conference room at 11 pm on the first Wednesday of each month  n Family Living Room at the Lewis County General Hospital at 10am on the second Wednesday of each month  n The Leray Medical Center at 10am every Friday
These are all free and you do not have to get WIC to attend.
Cathy Moore is a registered dietitian with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County.