Like all mammals, human mothers are blessed with the ability to produce and feed their babies milk. Breast milk has always held great cultural significance; the ancient Greeks believed that the Milky Way galaxy was formed by a swirl of the goddess Hera’s breastmilk (and that the breastmilk of a goddess could make a mortal invincible). We recognize National Breastfeeding Month every August.
Though the debate about whether or not to breastfeed is very old, the health benefits cannot be denied. According to the World Health Organization, universal breastfeeding could save about 820,000 infant lives each year.
Read on for even more benefits.
And remember, World Breastfeeding Week runs from August 1 to August 7.
(Written by Hazel O’Neil)