In Memphis and Shelby County we have one of the highest rates of infant mortality and obesity, but also one of the lowest rates of breastfeeding in the country. Many people do not realize that breastfeeding can help.
Why don't all mothers breastfeed?
The most significant reason is formula. When formula became available, it quickly became the norm for infant feeding. It was thought to be the same or even better than breastmilk. We now know this is NOT TRUE. But the reality is that many mothers stopped breastfeeding and then were not able to pass the skill on to their children.
Next, many women who need to return to work don't realize they can keep breastfeeding with the help of a pump. In fact, there are laws
that require employers to allow mothers time to express breastmilk at work. Electric breast pumps are the easiest to use and can be purchased or rented
from several places in the Memphis area. WIC can also provide breastpumps to working mothers if they qualify.
Last, breastfeeding does have its challenges and if a mother does not have support in place, she may not continue breastfeeding as long as is recommended. New mothers need to talk to those around them including family, friends and doctors to let them know that they intend to breastfeed and will need help along the way.
Where can I learn more?
To find out more about the many benefits of breastfeeding please visit the following links. You can also contact us
or a lactation consultant
to learn more.