After struggling through becoming a mama for the first time-and then again and again-I realized that there are a lot of obstacles out there for moms, babies and families. But one of the biggest challenges may just be that we stopped inviting mama's to the table and to the meaningful conversations that impact them the most.
Our bodies were beautifully designed to be nourished by breastmilk. It is full of nutrients and antibodies that newborns need. It's the perfect combination of fat, sugar, water, and protein. The cells, hormones and antibodies help babies grow up healthy and fight disease. It's good for mama's too-lowering the instances of type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer and postpartum depression. Research shows that if 90% of families breastfed exclusively for 6 months, nearly 1,000 deaths among infants could be prevented and the United States would save $13 billion dollars a year on medical costs. That's my public service announcement in order to convince you-in case you need convincing.