Why Breast Feeding is Important

Early breast milk is liquid gold – Known as liquid gold, colostrum (coh-LOSS-trum) is the thick yellow first breast milk that you make during pregnancy and just after birth. This milk is very rich in nutrients and antibodies to protect your baby. Although your baby only gets a small amount of colostrum at each feeding, it matches the amount his or her tiny stomach can hold.

For most babies — especially premature babies — breast milk is easier to digest than formula. The proteins in formula are made from cow’s milk and it takes time for babies’ stomachs to adjust to digesting them. (Read More)

Black Moms in USA Tend to Stop Breast Feeding Earlier

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has researched breastfeeding among women and found that many black mothers don’t continue to breastfeed as long compared to other ethnic groups.  Data from a recent studycompares time frames of mothers who breastfed from birth through 12 months with information showing black mothers nationwide lack behind when it comes to breastfeeding.