Breast milk is the perfect food for babies.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding (no water, juice, food, or artificial infant formulas) for the first six months of life unless supplements are medically indicated.
Choosing to breastfeed gives your baby’s immune system and digestion time to mature before introducing other foods. Your baby will receive all the nutrition he needs from mother’s milk. While exclusive breastfeeding gets your baby off to the best start, any amount of breast milk your baby receives is beneficial and important!
Preparing to breastfeed your baby
Parents feel more confident in the early days with breastfeeding when they attend prenatal classes, watch videos, and talk with other experienced breastfeeding moms.
Check out the videos below and download the free “Coffective” mobile app. Apple / Android
Watch the "Nourish" Video
Your nurse will help you find a good latch so:
- You make plenty of milk for baby
- Baby gets milk more easily
- Breastfeeding is comfortable for you and your baby
Watch the "Learn Your Baby" Video
Watch for signs that baby wants to feed to:
- Help baby feel settled and content
- Make breastfeeding easier
- Help your body make breast milk quicker
Breastfed babies have:
- Better brain development
- Better vision
- Fewer ear and respiratory infections
- Fewer skin allergies, less eczema
- Healthier hearts
- Significant reduction in risk of SIDS
- Less tummy trouble, fewer food allergies
Breast milk is like medicine for babies that are born early. It contains special infection-fighting ingredients that are not available in formula.
Benefits of breastfeeding for the mother
Breastfeeding is not only the superior option for your baby, it also has many benefits for the mother. (Source: American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement Pediatrics: Volume 129, Number 3, March 2012)
- Reduced risk for postpartum depression
- Reduced risk of osteoporosis
- Increases bonding and reduced abuse
- Reduced risk of arthritis
- Easier: after 1-2 weeks of practicing breastfeeding
- Milk is always ready and warm
- Reduced risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer
- Involution of Uterus
- Reduced risk of postpartum hemorrhage and ovarian cancer
- Improved return to pre-pregnancy weight
- Saves $1,000 to $3,000 a year
- Lower risk of:
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Delayed return of menstrual periods
- Cardiovascular disease
Take a class to learn more
Before you give birth, take a breastfeeding class with your partner or support person and discover how to prepare for successful breastfeeding.