Region 8 mothers and breast feeding

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - August is breast feeding awareness month. Ironically the topic is getting some extra attention upon the heels of model Gisele Bundchen's statement about it. She's quoted saying, there should be a worldwide law that mothers breast feed their babies. The statement is offending some, but there is a lot of research backing it up.

Coming closer to meet one-month-old Jayla. She is Cristina Sykes second child, but it's the first time this two time mom is breastfeeding. She says there are some regrets from not trying with her first.

"I do because I feel like we would have more of a bond from the beginning," says Cristina.

A stronger emotional connection is just one of the many benefits.

Some of the ways mom benefits is it helps to bring the uterus back to a normal size, it helps with weight loss and reduces risk for some cancers.

There are even some adoptive mothers trying it out.

"Even moms who adopt and never delivered can actually breast feed," says Leisa Kennedy, a breastfeeding peer counselor for the Arkansas Dept. of Health's WIC program.

The list for the way baby's benefit is much longer. Here is just a few: breast milk changes and taylors to the baby's needs so it's better for the specific baby, it's more easily digested, it helps vaccines work better, it may reduce the risk of SIDS or childhood cancers and may even prevent obesity.

But there are some mothers who just can't.

"It's not one size fits all. every child is different and every mom is different," says ABC News Senior Health & Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser.

Even Cristina admits it's not a perfect route.

"It's just the frustration the baby gets cause she is so hungry at the time. You've got to really work on patience," says Cristina.

But as most mothers know when raising a child 'patience' is an ingredient that comes in handy.

On August 24th, the WIC program with the AR Health Dept is holding a celebration for the World Breastfeeding Month. It starts at noon and runs until 2p.m. For more information on getting help with breastfeeding call the Breastfeeding Peer Counselors at 870-933-45845.

If you don't think you will financially quality for their program you can pay for services through St. Bernards Medical Center. They can be contacted at 870-972-4436.