BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - By Donna McCollum - email
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - At the first cry Jennifer Horn is giving baby Renee exactly what she wants. For this mother of three, nothing could be more natural than breastfeeding.
"Most places are very accepting of it. Of course, you get a few looks sometimes, but it's becoming more natural," said Horn.
Research consistently shows breastfeeding benefits babies.
"Breastfeeding reduces our infants risk of things like SIDS and RSV and pneumonia and asthma and allergies," said UTMB Lactation Consultant Carrie Wright. "Moms who breastfeed are less likely to develop Type II diabetes and they're less likely to develop breast cancer as they get older," said Wright.
Midwife Charlotte Russell requires all her clients to nurse their babies at least ten days after birth.
"Breastfeeding that 10 days to 2 weeks postpartum can prevent postpartum hemorrhages," said Russell.
"The cost is also wonderful cause it's free," said Lakendra Watts a breastfeeding mom. "I started out with a goal of 6 months, but now I'm thinking at least a year."
Super model Gisele Bundchen wants a worldwide law requiring every woman to breastfeed for six months. That's not likely, but in Texas there is a breastfeeding law.
A mother is entitled to breastfeed her baby in any location where she's authorized to be. There are no restrictions on the manner it's done, but Jennifer and her baby always choose modesty.
Wednesday's "Mommy and Me" health fair was sponsored by University of Texas Medical Branch.
All sorts of preventive health care was provided, but breastfeeding awareness month dictated the major focus.