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Breastfeeding

As new parents, it is your responsibility to make sure your baby is provided with a good nutritional start. With your choice to breastfeed, you have joined the majority of women who understand the evidence that breastfeeding is the best and most ideal way of feeding your baby. Almost as important as a good nutritional start is the contribution that breastfeeding makes toward the infant’s emotional development. Breastfeeding will also promote wellness in your infant due to the presence of antibodies in breastmilk. There is no doubt that breastmilk contains all the nutrients required and is perfectly matched for your baby’s needs for proper growth and development. Studies prove that breastmilk provides optimal health and benefits the newborn for as long as you choose to breastfeed.

Suggestions to support successful breastfeeding:

• Become well-informed about breastfeeding through information you obtain from a lactation consultant or your healthcare provider’s office or take classes on breastfeeding from your healthcare provider’s office or hospital.

• Contact a local lactation consultant who can listen to you if you have any nursing questions or problems.

• Attend a breastfeeding support group meeting.

Skin-to-Skin Connection

Seeing your baby for the first time is an experience you will never forget. All those months of preparing and dreaming have finally become real. As the baby is delivered and his airway assessed, you will see your healthcare provider dry your baby with a towel. Assuming there are no complications, the baby should then be placed directly onto your chest. A member of your labor team will cover the baby with a warm blanket. Now, the bonding can begin. This connection of the unwrapped baby lying directly on your skin is called skin-to-skin contact and can provide you and your baby time to get to know each other. This initial snuggling also has very important health benefits.

Lactation consultants are healthcare professionals with special training and experience in helping

breastfeeding mothers and babies.

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Both popular and medical opinion agree that there are many benefts to breastfeeding for both mother and baby.

Exclusive breastfeeding

UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the frst 6 months of a baby’s life. This is based on scientifc evidence that shows benefts for infant survival and proper growth and development. Breastmilk provides all the nutrients that an infant needs during the frst 6 months. Exclusive breastfeeding may also reduce infant deaths caused by common childhood illnesses such as diarrhea and pneumonia and hastens recovery during illness.

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