Today, more than 1,200 moms have pledged to breast-feed in public to support the first Public Display of Breast-feeding Day campaign, created by TheBump.com, a pregnancy and parenting website and Breastfeeding.com.
Not only a benefit to baby by boosting immunity and promoting brain development, breast-feeding also reduces mom’s lifetime risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer, while burning an average of 500 calories per day.
The campaign hopes to fight the stigma against breast-feeding and offer support for breast-feeding moms as August is National Breast-Feeding Awareness Month.
According to a poll on TheBump.com, the majority of moms are all for breast-feeding in public but more than one in 10 moms surveyed felt breast-feeding should be done in private and 14 percent of moms feel uncomfortable breast-feeding in public.
Looking for breast-feeding support? Check out TheBump.com for Ta-Ta Tuesdays where you can chat with a lactation consultant from 1-3 p.m.
Around Long Island, hospitals such as Nassau University Medical Center, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, Stony Brook University Hospital and all the hospitals that fall under Catholic Health Services offer free (or at a minimal-cost) breast-feeding classes or support groups to help educate women and encourage them to breast-feed.
You can also check out one of the La Leche League of New York meetings, whose mission is to help encourage mothers to breast-feed through mom-on-mom support and education. Click here to find meetings in Nassau and Suffolk.