Breastfeeding numbers continue to rise in the Garden State. According to the 2017 Breastfeeding Report Card from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there was a 15.6 percent increase — over the previous year — among mothers still breastfeeding at 12 months. The numbers rose 13.8 percent among mothers exclusively breastfeeding at three months, and they were up 12.4 percent among mothers still breastfeeding at 6 months.
August is National Breastfeeding Month, and the New Jersey Department of Health is celebrating the continued improvement in breastfeeding numbers in the state. “The best food for a baby’s first year of life is breast milk,” said Health Commissioner Cathleen D. Bennett. “For infants, breastfeeding helps prevent hunger, increases nourishment and protects against obesity. For mothers, breastfeeding can be a satisfying and empowering experience, which should be supported by employers, the healthcare system, and the community,” Bennett said. Breastfeeding leads to a lower risk of Type 2 Diabetes in mothers, as well as a lower risk of certain types of breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
You can find information and resources on breastfeeding here.