Health experts encourage support for breastfeeding moms

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The month of August is known as National Breastfeeding Awareness Month.

Medical experts are encouraging community members to support nursing mothers.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends mothers breastfeed their new born babies for a year.

Jayme Swain is a mother of two. She says breastfeeding her kids was one of the best decisions she has ever made.

“Breastfeeding for me is like anything challenging in life. Getting your education, exercising you know, how important is it to you? Are you willing to do the work? Because it is a lot of work but it’s so beneficial,” she adds.

Breastfeeding moms experience positive impacts from breastfeeding.

Registered Nurse Stacy Mead says, “If you breastfeed your baby, you have a lower risk of having respiratory problems, ear infections, diarrhea. It’s got almost the perfect mix of fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals.”

Swain says, the whole process could not have gone so well without her support system.

“One of the biggest support systems for me is not only the family but the lactation consultants at the hospital. When you’re in the midst of it you’re in the trenches, you need someone to help you get through the hard things,” Swain explains.

The Coliseum Medical Centers offer outpatient services free of charge. Breastfeeding moms are welcome to come up at anytime to discuss problems they’re having or just to simply have someone to talk to during postpartum.

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(478) 745-4141 ext. 303 Karlisha Booze joined the 41NBC news team in October 2013 as the producer for 41 TODAY. A year later, reporting for Channel 17, the Bibb County School District channel, was added to her responsibilities. Born and raised in Macon, Karlisha is proud to be in her hometown doing what she loves to do. Karlisha's passion for news began in elementary school where she anchored the school's morning news and got an opportunity to try out for the Junior Journalists at WMAZ. She also performed in commercials with Kids Voting Georgia, for Bibb County and Cox Communications. Prior to working at 41NBC, she was a news intern at WGXA and was later hired as a production assistant and worked as a fill-in anchor/producer for the station's morning news broadcast. Karlisha graduated from Middle Georgia College in 2009 with an Associate of Arts (Communications), from Fort Valley State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communications), and from Ashford University in 2014 with a Master of Arts (Organizational Management). She is currently pursuing a Doctorate focusing on Business Administration. In her free time, she enjoys writing poetry and spending time with family and friends, especially her son, Ka'Dence. If you have any story ideas, please pass them along!