Not ready to breastfeed for a whole year? Try a breast pump

Everything’s better with pumps. Athletic shoes. Thanksgiving turkeys. Breastfeeding. If only there were some kind of medical supplies online that could extract milk from the breasts of a lactating woman. According to the 2016 Breastfeeding Report Card from the CDC, 81.1% of mothers in the United States of America breastfeed their newborn babies. Momma’s got a squeeze box, all right.  The early postpartum period is key to establish and supporting breastfeeding, so that part’s covered. However, only 51.8% continue to give suck after six months, and only 30.7% do so for at least one year. Well, women do get tired of just that all the time, that’s why you gotta explore.

As it turns out, though, the report points out that “the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that infants be exclusively breastfed for about the first 6 months with continued breastfeeding alongside introduction of complementary foods for at least 1 year.” Following that milestone, the AAP says that breastfeeding can go on for as long as mother and baby want to. Huh. Suddenly my aunt and my 15 year old cousin don’t seem so weird anymore. “Breastfeeding decreases the possibility that your baby will get a variety of infectious diseases, ear infections, diarrhea, etc.,” the Academy adds. “Breastfeeding mothers return to their pre-pregnancy weight faster and have a reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancer.”

Unfortunately, breastfeeding rates in children aged 6-12 months suggest that even though most mothers want and try to breastfeed, many do not keep up the practice as recommended. Reasons may include lack of support from healthcare providers, family, and employers. Or maybe, you know, a year is, like, a really long time. Luckily, online medical supplies that extract milk from the breasts of a lactating woman do exist; they are called breast pumps and are easily available at Discount Medical Supplies. Breastmilk has all the nutrients that newborn infants need and passes antibodies from mother-to-baby that fight diseases until the baby can be vaccinated. Moreover, babies fed exclusively breastmilk for the first 4 months have a 72% decreased risk of severe pneumonia – conversely, the risk increases four times if the mother stops nursing between and 4 and 6 months. Also, breastfed babies are less prone to teenage and adult obesity. Presumably, none of those properties are lost with the use of a breast pump.

“We are pleased by the large number of mothers who start out breastfeeding their infants,” CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity director Dr. Ruth Petersen said. “Mothers can better achieve their breastfeeding goals with active support from their families, friends, communities, clinicians, health care leaders, employers, and policymakers.” Not to mention maternity and women’s health supplies.

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