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Despite the importance of breastfeeding for the healthy development of children, breastfeeding rates remain lower in the U.S. than in many other countries.
Among Latinas, many women initiate breastfeeding, however 50% are no longer breastfeeding after 6 months.
According to a 2017 research review, Latina Mom and Baby Health, conducted by Salud America! there is now evidence to show that breastfeeding for 1 year or longer can significantly lower a child’s chances of becoming obese.
Why is it important to promote breastfeeding and how can policy help create a supportive environment?
Find out at our next #SaludTues chat!
The Impact of Breastfeeding on Latina Moms and Children
Despite the vast amount of research that highlights the incredible benefits of breastfeeding, women still encounter barriers to breastfeeding at the workplace, childcare centers, and hospitals. The good news is policies can change this!
Let’s Celebrate World Breastfeeding Month!
Join us this month for #SaludTues at 1 p.m. ET on August 6, 2019, to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week!
- WHAT: #SaludTuesTweetchat: Let’s Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week!
- DATE/TIME: 1-2 p.m. EST (Noon-1 p.m. CST), Tuesday, August 6, 2019
- WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues
- HOST: @SaludAmerica
- CO-HOSTS: Texas Health and Human Services Commission (@TexasHHSC) Pacify (@pacifyapp) Breastfeeding USA (@bf_usa) Normalize Breastfeeding (@normalizebfing)
- HASHTAGS: #SaludTues
- OPTIONAL HASHTAGS: #WBW2019 #WABA #EmpowerParentsEnableBreastfeeding #breastfeeding #SDGs #worldbreastfeedingweek2019 #normalizebreastfeeding
We’ll open the floor to valuable information such as:
- What does the current landscape of involvement in breastfeeding among Latina women looks like?
- The important benefits of breastfeeding for both mom and baby and policy solutions to support breastfeeding;
- How men can also get involved in supporting and promoting healthy breastfeeding practices.
Be sure to use the hashtag #SaludTues to follow the conversation on Twitter and share your strategies, stories, and resources that improve health equity for Latinos and all people.
Click here to learn about the Salud America! #SaludTues tweetchats, see upcoming and past tweetchats, and see how you can get involved.