In light of these unusual times, and recognizing that new mothers face the same challenges as always and don't have the normal support available, the GCL Board has authorized me to use a portion of your generous support to establish online video support. Please visit the "Services" Tab to get more information on group meetings and one on one appointments.
Increasing the number of mothers who are successful at breastfeeding should be a first step in improving the health of our children and mothers, and, so, our community and nation.
According to the national Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than four out of five infants born in the United States in 2015 were breastfed in the time just after birth. Despite the recommendation that babies breastfeed exclusively for the first 6 months, less than 50% were exclusively breastfeeding at 3 months. The rate of exclusively breastfed babies drops to 25% by 6 months.
In Alabama, only 39% if moms are still breastfeeding at 6 months. Only 20.6% are exclusively breastfeeding. At 12 months the rate drops to 24.8%.
Despite the compelling evidence and these initiatives, there is very limited support for breastfeeding moms in Southeastern Alabama. Our mission is to address this gap by having a place where Mothers can learn and grow with their baby, to teach safe and effective breastfeeding techniques and to create a warm environment for Mothers to feel the support they need. We recognize at GCL that not all moms are able to breastfeed or choose not to. We are here to support all moms and help guide them and their families.