With breastfeeding in public finally legal in all 50 states, moms across the country have definitely earned a win. But, for many marginalized mothers, breastfeeding still remains something that is far easier said than done. In honor of World Breastfeeding Week and Breastfeeding Awareness Month, here are seven breastfeeding resources for low-income moms that can help offer support.
For those unfamiliar with World Breastfeeding Week, it's an annual celebration held from Aug. 1 to Aug. 7 in 120 countries, while Breastfeeding Awareness Month is acknowledged throughout the entire month of August. The International Lactation Consultant Association noted that it is meant to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies across the world.
Indeed, breastfeeding has many health benefits. For babies, according to the New York State Department of Health breast milk can protect against infections, is easily digestible, and allows infants to have healthier weights as they grow. What many people might not know is that breastfeeding has great health benefits for moms, too. Moms who breastfeed may have a reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes and certain cancers, such as breast cancer, according to the National Institutes of Health, and it's a good way to strengthen the bond with their kids.
However, breastfeeding is not always easy. Some mothers may struggle to produce enough milk or may not have the necessary support to do so. In fact, according to Think Progress, hospital budgets for first-time parenting classes (which include breastfeeding education) have been cut across the country. This is detrimental to low-income parents, in particular.
So, for low-income moms, here is a list of accessible breastfeeding resources you can utilize.