Breast milk provides ideal nutrition for babies and is a perfect mix of vitamins, protein and fat for a growing baby. Breast milk is easy to digest and contains antibodies that help babies fight off viruses and bacteria. With allergies on the rise, breastfeeding actually lowers your baby’s risk of asthma and allergies. Babies who are exclusively breastfed for 6 months have fewer ear infections, respiratory illnesses, and diarrhea.(1)
The Surgeon General’s Goal for Healthy People 2020 is that 81.9 percent of women will breastfeed their babies at hospital discharge, 60.6 percent at 6 months of age, and 34.1 percent breastfeed at 12 months of age. A 2013 survey has reported that 76.5 percent of women breastfeed at birth, 49 percent at 6 months, and only 27 percent at 12 months!(2)
The Surgeon General would like for breastfeeding in America to increase!
As more people speak out and share their breastfeeding journey, it is possible that more and more women will feel empowered to try breastfeeding if able. Alyssa Milano recently posted a throwback photo of her breastfeeding her daughter, Elizabella. Milano addressed some of the hateful remarks that she received in an interview. Milano wants everyone to understand that she has zero regrets about sharing that moment on social media. (3)
Alyssa Milano faces hateful comments after posting a birthday throwback picture of her breastfeeding her daughter
She states that not only does she not care, she reports, “I’m going to keep breastfeeding, maybe even until she’s 6!”(3)
The makeup-free Milano nursing photo was reposted in honor of her daughter’s first birthday. She captioned the picture with a “Happy Birthday” message where she told the world how much she loves her little girl.(3)
This wasn’t the only breastfeeding picture that Milano has shared. In December, Milano posted a picture of her breastfeeding while her team did her hair and makeup, and in April she rallied against London’s Heathrow Airport after their officials confiscated her breastmilk.(3)
In response to having her breastmilk confiscated, Milano completed an interview with U.S. Weekly where she shared how breastfeeding her children has been a joy for her. She spoke out and reported, “Every ounce of milk I’m able to produce for my child is nothing short of a miracle and to watch that milk be thrown away without any regard for my baby, was heartbreaking. It’s not the fault of the security in the airport; they’re following orders to keep us all safe. But I do I feel it is a policy that needs thoughtful reconsideration. I’m glad this has started a dialogue. My only hope is to make things easier for moms, breastfeeding and formula feeding moms, everywhere.”(3)
Milano shares her thoughts about her breast milk being confiscated at airport and challenges society about their comfort in sexualizing breasts rather than seeing them for what they were made for!
When speaking about her latest photo fiasco, Milano reported, “Everyone’s fine with Miley Cyrus’ nipples being out. I think people are more comfortable sexualizing breasts than relating them to what they were made for, which is feeding another human.”(3)
Milano reported that her support system is helpful and shared that she and her husband laugh about everything together.(3)
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