Breast milk is uniquely suited for your baby
- Babies instinctively know how to breastfeed.
- Breast milk is easy to digest and contains more than 200 components that are essential to babies.
- Breast milk contains valuable components which protect infants from a wide variety of illnesses.
- Many of the essential ingredients found in breast milk cannot be replicated.
Breastfeeding saves lives:
- Lack of breastfeeding is a risk factor for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
- Breast milk protects premature infants from life-threatening gastrointestinal disease.
- Breastfed children have lower risk of death before their first birthday.
Breastfeeding is optimal for infants and mothers:
- Infants who are exclusively breastfed for 4 months have less ear infections versus formula-fed infants who have twice the risk.
- Reduces the incidences and lessens the severity of a large number of infections, including pneumonia and meningitis in infants.
- Protects infants against a variety of illnesses (e.g. diarrhea and infant botulism).
- Breastfed babies have less chance of having allergies, asthma and eczema.
- Evidence suggests that exclusive breastfeeding for at least 2 months protects susceptible children from Type I insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (DDM).
- May reduce the risk for subsequent inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and childhood cancers.
- Mothers recover from childbirth more quickly.
- Helps the uterus to shrink to its pre-pregnancy state and reduces the amount of blood lost after delivery.
- Mothers who breastfeed for at least 3 months may lose more weight versus mothers who do not breastfeed.
- Mothers who breastfeed usually resume their menstrual cycles 20 to 30 weeks later than mothers who do not breastfeed.
- Provides warmth and closeness; the physical contact helps create a special bond between mother and baby.
Due to changes in the Affordable Care Act, your insurance may cover breast pumps. Check with your insurance carrier and remember to ask the clinic for a breast pump prescription. This should be done prior to delivery, in order to ensure that your breast pump is readily available.
- Lactation consultants are available 7 days a week.
- Outpatient lactation follow-up support is free of charge after you leave the hospital.
- For babies who stay in the NICU or have other health problems, moms have access to breast pumps.