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August is National Breastfeeding Month

August is National Breastfeeding Month (#NBM17)! AAHP observes by highlighting the unique benefits of breastfeeding for mothers and babies and by showcasing our work promoting and providing breastfeeding education in Montgomery County.

Black women who breastfeed can reap a host of benefits, including postpartum weight loss and reduced risk for breast cancer and diabetes. For babies, breast milk provides the best nourishment for optimal health and wellbeing. As the baby grows, a mother’s milk supplies nutrients that help decrease the risk of common childhood illnesses like ear infections and asthma. It also protects against the onset of obesity and diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure, diseases that disproportionately plague the Black community.  Breastfeeding also saves time and money, and helps mothers and infants bond.

To assist expecting mothers in Montgomery County with education and guidance on breastfeeding, AAHP’s S.M.I.L.E. program provides a host of services for pregnant and breastfeeding w­omen. Learn more here.

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