XENIA — Kelsey Myers of Xenia is the winner of the Greene County Combined Health District’s Breastfeeding Awareness Month essay contest sponsored by the WIC Program at the Health District. The contest is part of the WIC Program’s celebration of Breastfeeding Awareness Month in Ohio during the month of August. Breastfeeding Awareness Month is celebrated yearly in the state of Ohio to highlight the many benefits of breastfeeding for children, families and communities.
Below is the text of her winning essay:
Breastfeeding has many benefits for a mother and her child. Some include: stabilizing heart rate and body temperatures, reducing risks of cancers in both mom and baby, creating a very special bond as baby is close to mom’s face, breast milk works as healing agent, it saves families over $1,000 the first year and your milk is always changing giving your baby the antibodies they need to fight an illness and to boost their immune system.
Breastfeeeding may be challenging in the beginning but doesn’t have to stay that way. There is plenty of support for you. Whether it be online, through support groups or a lactation consultant. I have gone through many difficult complications but with support from my groups online, lactation consultants from the hospital, and my family, I’ve conquered these hardships and we have successfully been nursing for a full year!
My breast milk means a lot to me and my baby. Not only does it nurture and nourish my son (which is amazing), it keeps him healthy and provides a special moment between the two of us multiple times a day and through the night. Breastfeeding benefits the community by reducing waste from formula cans, packets and bottles. It also shows the next generation of both females AND males that breast is best for all our children.
Breastfeeding is the healthiest choice to nourish your baby for at least the first year of life and beyond. We LOVE to nurse and we encourage all mothers to do it as well. Although it may not be the right choice for every mother, it is the best choice for every baby.
I would like to thank the Greene County WIC Department for supporting us breastfeeding mothers as much as you do and for having an amazing lactation consultant, Rachel Goff, who is so friendly and knowledgeable.