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Nourishing Beginnings: Exploring the Benefits of Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is not just a feeding method. It is a bonding experience for a mother and baby that offers numerous benefits; from providing essential nutrients and antibodies to fostering an emotional connection and reducing the risk of various illnesses.

“In a modern society, where breastfeeding rates are influenced by societal norms, cultural beliefs and workplace policies, it is essential to educate and support moms in their breastfeeding journey,” Kristy Mason, RNC-MNN, IBCLC said. “Providing accurate information, access to resources and a supportive community can empower mothers to make informed choices about breastfeeding.”

For new mothers who are experiencing breastfeeding challenges, you are not alone. Hoag Women’s Health Institute is here to help mothers, who are experiencing breastfeeding challenges, overcome these difficulties. Our International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) registered nurses provide breastfeeding support while you are in the hospital as well as breastfeeding support when you leave the hospital.

The many benefits of breastfeeding:

  • Lower risk of illnesses: Breastfed babies have a lower risk of chronic diseases, such as asthma, allergies, obesity and type 1 diabetes. They also have a lower risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), respiratory infections and are less likely to have ear infections and stomach viruses.
  • Immunity Boost: New moms share their antibodies through their breast milk, which can help babies develop a strong immune system.
  • Maintain Blood Sugar: Early colostrum is especially beneficial for your baby if your baby is having difficulties with feeding or maintaining their blood sugar levels during the first few days after birth.
  • Cognitive development: Studies show higher IQ scores and enhanced cognitive abilities in breastfed babies.
  • Mom’s Short-Term Health: Breastfeeding aids in postpartum recovery by helping the uterus contract more quickly and reducing the risk of postpartum bleeding.
  • Mom’s Long-Term Health: Studies have found a link between breastfeeding and a reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
  • Convenience: No bottles, powders or water necessary. Mothers can breastfeed whenever, wherever.

At Hoag we strive to be a trusted resource of information and support for mothers. Our OB education registered nurses host an in-person class designed to teach expectant mothers and their partners the basic skills for successful breastfeeding. This class also covers newborn breastfeeding expectations, benefits for mother and baby, positioning and latch, boosting mother’s comfort and confidence, how to know your baby is getting enough and basic pumping and resources. Sign up now!

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