Breastfeeding Helps Mothers and Children

There's nothing like breastfeeding to put kids on the path to good health. There are multiple benefits of breastfeeding for babies, including lower risk for ear and respiratory infections, allergic skin disorders, intestinal infections, type 2 diabetes, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

But the benefits of breastfeeding extend beyond the time of infancy.

Research shows that children who were breastfed are less likely to be overweight adolescents than children formula-fed as infants. And, the longer a baby is breastfed, the odds for being an overweight child decrease even more.

Mom wins, too

Benefits for breastfeeding moms include decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancer and type 2 diabetes. Breastfeeding also helps you lose the pounds you put on during pregnancy.

Tips for moms who work

  • Start the day with a long nursing session so your baby is content during the morning rush.

  • Find a caregiver near work so you can visit and nurse during your lunch break.

  • Buy a reliable, comfortable breast pump.

  • Tell your employer about breastfeeding's benefits. A healthier baby means you miss less work.

  • Start to pump before you head back to work, and store the milk in the freezer. You'll feel better with a back-up supply.


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