Promotional banner for National Breastfeeding Month from the Indian Health Service

August 8, 2022

Resource Spotlight: National Breastfeeding Month

August is national breastfeeding month and many global and national health organizations, such as the CDC, promote breastfeeding as the healthiest form of nutrition for infants. Exclusive breastfeeding of newborns for the first six months is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and maintaining breastfeeding beyond six months--up to two years--when other foods are introduced, is encouraged.

The AAP also notes the need for nursing mothers to be given support in the workplace as well as from healthcare workers to meet this goal. So while breastfeeding education is essential for new mothers, it is also critical that physicians and other child healthcare practitioners receive proper training to help support their nursing clients.

 

Books

Cover of White Blood : A History of Human Milk : How Babies Have Been Fed from Antiquity to Modern Times and Why it MattersWhite Blood : A History of Human Milk : How Babies Have Been Fed from Antiquity to Modern Times and Why it Matters (2021 print)

 

 

Cover of Skimmed : Breastfeeding, Race, and InjusticeSkimmed : Breastfeeding, Race, and Injustice (2020 eBook) “... skyrocketed. Over half a century later, baby formula is a seventy-billion-dollar industry and Black mothers have the lowest breastfeeding rates in the country...”

 

 

Cover of Breastfeeding : A Guide for the Medical ProfessionBreastfeeding : A Guide for the Medical Profession (2022 eBook)

 

 

Cover of Ethnographies of Breastfeeding : Cultural Contexts and ConfrontationsEthnographies of Breastfeeding : Cultural Contexts and Confrontations (2015 print) “…this important book takes a rich ethnographic survey of breastfeeding all over the world.”

 

 

 Breastfeeding: New Anthropological Approaches (2017) “…unites sociocultural, biological, and archaeological anthropological scholarship to spark new conversations and research about breastfeeding.”

 

 

Cover of Your Guide to Breastfeeding for African American WomenYour Guide to Breastfeeding for African American Women (2011 eBook)

 

 

Articles

 

Additional Resources - Nursing Mothers

 

Additional Resources - Clinicians and Students

Image credit: Indian Health Service: The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives. (2022). National Breastfeeding Month. Retrieved August 5, 2022 from https://www.ihs.gov/newsroom/announcements/2022-announcements/national-breastfeeding-month/.