Breastfeeding Basics

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From our International Board Certified Lactation Consultants The top 12 reasons to breastfeed: Your baby will: Be getting the best nutrition available Be smarter Have a stronger immune system Have a lower risk of leukemia and heart disease Be leaner for life Have fewer ear infections You will: Forge a stronger bond with your baby […]

From our International Board Certified Lactation Consultants

The top 12 reasons to breastfeed:

Your baby will:

  • Be getting the best nutrition availablebreastfeeding
  • Be smarter
  • Have a stronger immune system
  • Have a lower risk of leukemia and heart disease
  • Be leaner for life
  • Have fewer ear infections

You will:

  • Forge a stronger bond with your baby
  • Have a lower risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and cervical cancer
  • Lose weight faster
  • Be less likely to develop osteoporosis later in life
  • Avoid the expense and inconvenience of formula, which can cost $1000+ during the first year
  • Know you are providing the best, most natural food possible for your baby

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding exclusively for 6 months and up to’at least 1 year of age.

  • Breastfeeding satisfies the baby’s emotional needs.
  • Breastmilk is more digestible than any substitute.
  • Pre-term breastmilk is perfect for premature babies.
  • Breastfeeding protects the baby against vision defects.
  • Breastfeeding results in less sick days for parents.
  • In 2011 the average breastfeeding initiation rates for the USA was 81.9%.

Facts about Colostrum:

  • Colostrum is a yellow, sticky fluid, made in the body at 28 weeks gestation and is secreted during the first 3-5 days after your baby is born.
  • It continues to be secreted in breastmilk for up to 2 weeks after delivery.
  • One drop of colostrum contains approximately one million white blood cells which help to protect your baby from viruses and infections.
  • Colostrum continues to offer the immunities that were available to baby via the placenta.
  • It is high in protein, as well as fat-soluble vitamins and minerals.
  • Colostrum contains high amount of sodium, potassium, chloride and cholesterol that are thought to encourage optimal development of your baby’s heart, brain, and nervous system.
  • The yellow color of colostrum is due to B-carotene, one of many antioxidants that are present in colostrum.
  • Colostrum’s natural laxative benefit encourages the passage of meconium, which reduces the risk of jaundice in babies.
  • Colostrum is your baby’s “first immunizations!”

North Kansas City Hospital’s Breastfeeding Support Group meets every Monday from 1 to 3 p.m.