Breastfeeding

Even though you still have some time before your baby arrives, now is the time to start making a plan to breastfeed.

Breastfeeding can be wonderful and frustrating at the same time. But with some practice and help you and baby can develop a relationship with so many benefits:1

  • Special bonding time with baby
  • Healthier, happier baby
    • Baby is less fussy
    • Lower risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
    • Less risk of asthma and respiratory issues
    • Fewer ear infections
    • Fewer digestive problems
    • Fewer allergies, eczema, and skin problems
  • Healthier, happier you
    • Stress release
    • Breaks during the day
    • Lowers risk of certain cancers
    • Easier weight loss (burns 400 – 500 calories a day)
  • Saves money (estimates between $1000 – $1,500 year)

 

To learn more about breastfeeding:

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1) Breastfeeding Policy Statement. 2012. American Academy of Pediatrics. http://www.aap.org
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