The Board of Supervisors has adopted a declaration proclaiming the month of August through the year 2021 as National Breastfeeding Month in the County of San Bernardino. The Surgeon General of the United States previously issued “A Call to Action” to support breast feeding as breast milk is uniquely suited to the human infant’s nutritional needs and is a live substance with unparalleled immunological and anti-inflammatory properties that protect against a host of illnesses and diseases for both mothers and children.
The risk of acute ear infection is 100 percent higher among exclusively formula-fed infants than in those who are exclusively breastfed during the first six months. The risk of sudden infant death syndrome is 56 percent higher among infants who are never breastfed. Also, formula feeding is associated with higher risks for type 2 diabetes, asthma, and childhood obesity.
Mothers who do not breastfeed are at higher risk of breast cancer. It has also been determined women who have never breastfed are at a 27 percent higher risk for ovarian cancer. Exclusive breastfeeding and longer durations of breastfeeding are associated with better maternal health outcomes.