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Topic of the Month: Breastfeeding



       August is National Breastfeeding month! Breastfeeding is an important activity that takes place between mother and baby, and has several health benefits for both parties. Human breastmilk has nearly every vitamin and nutrient that the infant needs to thrive and grow. Breastmilk consists of antibodies and white blood cells that help form the baby’s immune system as it grows stronger, probiotics, hormones, and growth factors; ingredients that formula does not contain. Breastfeeding is widely encouraged as it has many short and long-term benefits for both mother and child. The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding for at least six months after birth, and even up to two years!  


Health Benefits of Breastfeeding for the Baby:

a.      Decreased rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

b.     Reduced risk of developing allergies, asthma, and eczema later in life

c.      Reduced risk of obesity

d.     Slightly enhanced cognitive skills performance on tests

e.     Free!!


Health Benefits of Breastfeeding for the Mother:

a.      Stronger physical / emotional connections between mother and child

b.     Decreased risk of breast or ovarian cancerr

c.      Helps return the mother to her pre-pregnancy weight faster (breastfeeding burns calories!)

d.     May lower risk of osteoporosis

e.     Free!! 


Benefits of Breastmilk over Formula:

a.      Formula can be more difficult to digest

b.     As the baby's needs change, so does breastmilk

c.      No sterilization of bottles needed

e.     Free!!


Important Resources

a.       Happy Family

b.      WebMD

c.       FitPregnancy Benefits List

d.      Women's Health


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