The Importance of Breastfeeding and Clinical Guidelines

The month of August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and now more than ever it is important to educate people on the critical role breastfeeding plays in child development and maternal health. Breastfeeding services and supplies is one of the preventive services covered under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and while it has proven benefits, it has come under threat in the last few weeks.

Research has shown that there are immense health benefits for babies and breastfeeding mothers, including protecting babies from infections and certain diseases, improving a baby’s survival, and decreasing a woman’s risk for chronic diseases and reproductive cancers. The surmounting evidence on the benefits of breastfeeding led to policy initiatives from both Congress and the medical community to establish guidelines to support breastfeeding services. In an op-ed published in Morning Consult, Beth Battaglino, Registered Nurse and CEO of HealthyWomen, talks about the how these clinical guidelines were established, and why supporting breastfeeding is so critical to the health and well-being of mothers and their babies.

Read the op-ed on Morning Consult here.