Is breast milk really the best milk?
That TMs the question many new mothers find themselves asking as they embark on the journey of a lifetime: welcoming a new addition.
The answer appears to be trending towards yes for more and more women.
More parents are cutting easily accessible and convenient formula in favor a breastfeeding.
It's a trend that fell out of favor in the United States decades ago, but is now seeing a resurgence thanks to new data.
Three mothers from the Rio Grande Valley agree and say it TMs their primary go-to feeding method.
Su-Pang McGuire is a member of a local breastfeeding support group Blissful Baby.
McGuire told Action 4 News that she breastfeeds her baby because of the health benefits.
Mother Vanessa Eggleston agrees.
We haven TMt dealt with any illnesses, Eggleston said. I know most of my babies haven TMt been sick with colds or runny noses. Until they were a little older, explains
Heather McVaney says there is no set age to stop breastfeeding.
Most people think at 1-year-old, that TMs it, they don TMt get no more nutrition, McVaney said. They don TMt get benefits. That TMs wrong.
In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children breastfeed no less than a year.
The group TMs research confirms that immune systems are boosted with less chance for respiratory and diarrheal disease.
They are also less likely to get ear infections or have allergies.
But the benefits don't come without costs.
McVaney says they struggled in the beginning.
There are a lot of obstacles to it, McVaney said.
There TMs days when you deal with spitting up, latching and reflux, Eggleston said.
Which is why the moms attend a local lactation support group.
They're becoming more commonly hosted by hospitals and birthing consultants.
Questions, concerns, and technique are addressed by experts.
The group, your friends; they TMll give you advice and support on technique, McGuire said.
Eggleston adds it was a huge support.
The support they need... to ensure they prolong their natural lactation ability... as long as possible, she said.