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Beyond August: Raising Breastfeeding Awareness and Education Year Round!

You’ve possibly heard by now that August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, but here at Valley Healthcare System, we think caring for nursing babies and their hard-working moms is a cause to celebrate year round!

Though every mother has to choose their own individual path to a healthy mom and a healthy baby, organizations all the way up to the Centers for Disease Control have opened up dedicated sections of their websites to raising awareness and educating the public about the benefits of breastfeeding. The CDC’s yearly “Breastfeeding Report Card” even shows individual states’ rates at birth, six months, and one year of infant age. Here in the state of Georgia, we’re making great strides in helping more mothers have success when it comes to nursing and nursing support programs!

You may ask “Why nursing?” and there’s a laundry list of benefits for both mom and baby. This includes:

  • Better immunity for babies from early childhood diseases and conditions
  • Reduced risk of certain diseases later in a child’s life, including multiple sclerosis, heart disease, juvenile diabetes, and even cancer
  • Reduced risk of ovarian and breast cancer for nursing moms
  • Helps many mothers to lose weight gained during pregnancy
  • Less risk of stomach/digestive problems in newborns who are breastfed versus formula fed
  • Reduced overall risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
  • Helps protect infant from allergies
    Reduced rates of ear infection
  • Formula can be very expensive, and nursing is free


For expectant mothers, nursing education is a vitally important part of breastfeeding success, and Valley Healthcare offers a wide variety of pregnancy-related services that include nursing education and guidance. For parents looking to beef up their breastfeeding knowledge, please call our main line at 706-322-9599, or visit La Leche League’s International website to find a nursing educator near you!

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