Breastfeeding protects babies from a host of health problems — diarrhea, ear infections and pneumonia among them. And babies who are breastfed are less likely to develop asthma, and less likely to become obese. These benefits are especially critical for at-risk newborns.
But while many moms start their babies at the breast (75% accroding to the CDC), just 13% are still breastfeeding when their babies are 6 months old. In this video, Diane L. Spatz, Ph.D., who chairs the expert panel on breastfeeding for the American Academy of Nursing, discusses the importance of breastfeeding and provides lactation support for a new mom and her 2-day-old daughter at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.