There are dozens of groups that support breastfeeding, but none is more vocal or supportive than the American Academy of Family Physicians or the AAFP. This organization represents over 100,000 doctors across the country and has been around since 1947 initially as the American Academy of General Practice. For the AAFP, breastfeeding is a part of a family-centered care system and the organization, through its family physician members, strongly advocate breastfeeding education for the entire family.
Other equally hardworking organizations are the World Health Organization (WHO), the CDC, National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
The Importance of Passing on the Value of Breastfeeding
Children who see their mothers nursing their sibling(s) tend to value breastfeeding as adults. The practice of breastfeeding will lead to the passing down of a tradition that was once the norm. It strengthens the bond in a family and aids in keeping the breastfed babies healthy especially on their first year when their bodies are not yet fully developed. Aside from being nutritional and complete, breast milk is economical, practical, and convenient.
Why You Need a Support Group
Isn’t there an ongoing debate about the “offense of nursing in public?” This debate is shameful because breastfeeding has been around for most of history and it is only in this century that it is being questioned and labeled as offensive. A mother on her own is vulnerable to attacks and while this sounds over-the-top, it has happened just recently not in the specific area where the mother was breastfeeding but on an online attack with photos for all the world to see. A support group can help you handle situations like these which have a high probability of happening more and more with the kind of environment existing in today’s large cities.
Another reason is that in spite of many doctors endorsing breastfeeding for babies, a large contingent do the exact opposite. Many physicians are encouraging the scientific infant care which means giving formula instead of mother’s milk. They do this for several reasons such as “not being the modern method of caring” or “artificial formula milk being safer” if the mother is a smoker, drinker, or believes in dieting immediately after giving birth.
WHO is even recommending two years of breast milk or a minimum of 6 months. Latest figures show that American mothers are far from this goal with only 79% starting but stopping immediately after and only 26% nursing their babies up to 12 months. But forget about the figures and goals of the government; the bottom line is that every mother deserves to be supported and if you have problems getting the support from the father of the baby or other family members, then join a support group. There are many of them like La Leche League, Mom2Mom, and the New Mothers Breastfeeding Support Group.