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File #: 0229X-2018    Version: 1
Type: Ceremonial Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 7/19/2018 In control: Tyson
On agenda: 7/23/2018 Final action: 7/25/2018
Title: To recognize August as Breastfeeding Awareness Month throughout the City of Columbus and to encourage all residents to support breastfeeding mothers and babies.
Sponsors: Priscilla Tyson, Elizabeth Brown, Mitchell Brown, Jaiza Page, Emmanuel V. Remy, Michael Stinziano, Shannon G. Hardin

 

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To recognize August as Breastfeeding Awareness Month throughout the City of Columbus and to encourage all residents to support breastfeeding mothers and babies.

 

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WHEREAS, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life to provide the best possible start in life in all areas of human development; and

 

WHEREAS, the health benefits of breastfeeding for infants may include a reduced risk of obesity later in life, a reduced risk of sudden infant death syndrome, fewer ear and respiratory infections, a reduced risk of developing type-1 and type-2 diabetes, and an average increase of six points in IQ at age six-and-a-half; and

 

WHEREAS, mothers receive benefits from exclusive breastfeeding that last for life - specifically, the longer mothers breastfeed, the lower their BMI, blood pressure, triglycerides, waist circumference, LDL cholesterol, risk of type-2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and risk of depression; and

 

WHEREAS, a 2010 study published in Pediatrics found that if 90 percent of new mothers breastfed, the United States would save $13 billion per year in healthcare costs and may prevent more than 90 deaths; and

 

WHEREAS, despite the aforementioned benefits, the 2014 Center for Disease Control Breastfeeding Report Card found that only 70 percent of babies in Ohio are fed any breast milk, and only 22 percent of these babies are breastfed exclusively for six months as recommended; and

 

WHEREAS, the Surgeon General of the United States has issued a Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding which focuses on the need for communities to increase societal support for breastfeeding; now, therefore

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLUMBUS

 

That this Council does hereby recognize August as Breastfeeding Awareness Month in the City of Columbus and encourages all members of the community to enact policies that support breastfeeding mothers and babies.