National Breastfeeding Awareness Month


WHEREAS, exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months after birth with continued breastfeeding for at least twelve months ensures that both mothers and infants receive maximum health benefits; and

WHEREAS, breast milk is physiologically tailored to meet infants’ maturing digestive systems, ensuring proper growth and development; and

WHEREAS, breastfeeding provides women with health benefits such as reduced risk of ovarian, uterine and breast cancer, osteoporosis, and high blood pressure; and

WHEREAS, mothers in Virginia are guaranteed the right to breastfeed their children on any State property and all employers are encouraged to accommodate the breastfeeding needs of mothers and their children;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize August 2014 as NATIONAL BREASTFEEDING AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.