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.

Jodi Rawson

Jodi Rawson

As the Digital Marketing Coordinator at NKCH, Jodi is responsible for the hospital's online presence including websites, online advertising, social media, this blog and email communications. She believes in strong relationships, data with a side of gut instinct and has a passion for driving engagement.

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