Breast feeding thoughts:
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends breast feeding for the first six months of life, with continued breast feeding as foods are introduced in a baby’s first year of life.
Support and encouragement of breast feeding to expecting mothers increases the chance of successful lactation after your baby arrives.
Aside from the many benefits to you and your baby’s health, breast feeding provides mothers and their newborn babies an easy way to bond and cuddle.
Some fun facts about breastfeeding:
Preterm infants using human breast milk lower their risk for infections and certain premature related illnesses.
Initiation of milk expression within 6 hours of birth is associated with improved milk production.
Lactation (breast feeding) is a two person activity. Active support and engagement of a new mother’s partner improve breast feeding success.
The most common cause of low milk production is inadequate breast stimulation.
Breast milk is easier for your baby to digest than formula.
Babies who breast feed are less likely to get cavities later on.
Women who breast feed lower their risk for certain cancers, heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes.
Many contraceptive options may be considered for use while breast feeding, including progestin only oral contraceptives, intra-uterine devices (IUDs), and contraceptive hormone implants.
As your pregnancy continues, continue to explore the option of breast feeding for your newborn baby.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding breast feeding, please feel free to discuss them with one of our providers.
To schedule an appointment, please call (847) 394 - 3553. You may also contact us by e-mail.
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