HMHBGA

Breastfeeding Support

Breastfeeding is a public health game changer. It is low cost, low tech and seldom requires any durable medical equipment, drugs, or infrastructure. It does not discriminate. It improves the health of both boys and girls; healthy or sick; premature or full-term, rich or poor.

At HMHB our goal is to utilize advocacy, education and public-private partnerships to ensure that Georgia’s mothers can reach the six month mark of exclusive breastfeeding, a standard recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, by:

  • Ensuring access to breastfeeding support professionals, including International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) and Certified Lactation Counselors (CLCs)
  • Reducing stigma around public and workplace breastfeeding
  • Providing community-based education around the importance of breastfeeding and where to access support and resources when women encounter challenges

 

BREASTMILK HAS SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM HEALTH BENEFITS. IT PROTECTS AGAINST:
type II diabetes
obesity
certain forms of leukemia
asthma
ear infections
gastrointestinal infections
SIDS and
impaired neurodevelopment.

 

WOMEN WHO BREASTFEED REDUCE THEIR LONG-TERM RISK OF:
pre-menopausal breast cancer,
ovarian cancer,
type II diabetes,
hypertension,
hyperlipidemia and
cardiovascular disease ( the #1 killer of women and recently determined to be the MOST costly women’s health condition).