Each year, the first week of August is recognized as World Breastfeeding Week; the theme of World Breastfeeding Week 2020 is “Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet”. 

Three Key Years hopes to increase the awareness surrounding the science that support the benefits of breastfeeding. 

The security and bond between mother and child has always been a foundation of breastfeeding. In recent years, there have been studies that have shown the benefits and advantages of breastfeeding to brain development, which lead statistically to greater achievement later in life. Babies who are breastfed develop stronger brains and tend, on average, to be better learners. 

The specific nutrients and hormones that fluctuate throughout the day and night help infants develop circadian rhythms which help them differentiate day from night resulting in better sleep, and stronger awareness and brain functioning when awake. 

Listed below are links and helpful resources to assist understanding the importance of breastfeeding for your child in the first days, weeks, and months of his or her life. 

  1. Parents.com’s 23 Breastfeeding Secrets
  2. Breastfeeding Tips from the Mayo Clinic
  3. 111 Benefits of Breastfeeding for Babies