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Breastfeeding has multiple benefits for infants, moms

Posted at 11:56 PM on Aug 4, 2019


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Name a type of food that can prevent cancer, reduce the risk of obesity, protect from illness and is completely free.

Can’t think of it?

The answer is breast milk. Did you know breast milk is a super food for infants and also provides benefits for mothers? You can give your baby the best start in life by choosing to breastfeed. Studies have shown breastfeeding contributes to healthy brain development, improved cognition, and increase educational achievement by age 5.

Not only does this benefit the baby, but also can greatly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and obesity, as well as uterine and ovarian cancers for the new mom. Breastfeeding also promotes rapid weight loss and recovery from childbirth while developing an unyielding bond between infant and mom.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) highly urges moms to breastfeed for a full year. Typically it takes around six weeks for you and your baby to get used to the new routine. You will discover during well-baby visits at the doctor just how much you are helping contribute to your baby’s growth and healthy development.

So with all these benefits, why would new moms choose not to breastfeed?

Some women may have lactation problems, time constraints, feel embarrassed, lack support from family and friends or their workplace and are not educated on why breast milk should be a primary source of food for a newborn. If you experience any of these difficulties, contact your local health department to find out more information about WIC programs.

WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children that provide healthy food and health care support for you and your baby.

WIC eligibility requirements:
• Pregnant women
• Breastfeeding women who have had a baby in the last 12 months
• Women who have had a baby in the last 6 months
• Children up to 5 years of age
• Infants

August 1-7 is globally recognized as world breastfeeding week. By raising awareness to all women and men, breastfeeding can be praised as an environmentally friendly, cost effective, health benefactor that is vital for all new mothers and infants.


For more information about breastfeeding visit or contact WIC services at the Iredell County Health Department 704-878-5300

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