Give breastfeeding a GO!
Did you know that breastmilk is all that your baby needs the first six months?
Breastmilk provides all the protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, minerals, water, DHA/ARA, probiotics and prebiotics that your baby needs. In addition, it contains stem cells, antibodies, anti-virus, anti-parasites, enzymes, hormones and anti- cancer agents, just to name few. You cannot find any of these in formula.
So what does this mean?
Breastfed babies have less ear and respiratory infections, diarrhea, constipation, asthma and allergies. Breastfed babies are less likely to die from SIDS, develop diabetes or become overweight later in life.
Want to know what else is interesting?
Breastmilk is convenient because it is always clean, safe and at the perfect temperature. That means no worrying about your water supply, mixing formula correctly, warming bottles or washing bottles and nipples.
Are there benefits for mom too?
Absolutely! Breastfeeding moms are less likely to develop diabetes, breast cancer and postpartum depression. Plus, your body burns several hundred calories a day to make breastmilk. So nursing moms may lose their pregnancy weight faster. Who wouldn't want to do that?
How long should I breastfeed?
You don’t need to have a solid ending date. Every time your baby drinks your breastmilk, you are adding benefits for the baby and yourself. So breastfeed for one day or one week at a time and continue until you feel ready to stop. Exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6-12 months provides the most health benefits for you and your baby.
Should I also use formula?
The longer you can provide only breastmilk the better. Breastfeeding doesn’t need to be all or nothing…but consider going for it all!
Have more questions?
Western Plains Public Health IBCLC and CLC's would love to help!
Nancy Overson, IBBC: 701-255-3397
Heidi Moore, RN, CLC: 701-873-4433
Chelsey Trebas, RN, CLC: 701-667-3370
Jeanine Wall-Hebert, MS, LRD, CLC: 701-667-3370
Adrianna Tincher, RN, CLC: 701-667-3370
Other Lactation Support Contacts
Bismarck Burleigh Public Health: 701-355-1540
Sanford Birth Center: 701-323-6598
CHI St. Alexius Birth Place: 701-530-4270
Mid Dakota Clinic: 701-530-6000
UND Center for Family Medicine: 701-751-9500
La Leche League International:
Mother to Mother Forums, Ask a Question
Bismarck Mandan Breastfeeding Partnership:
Getting Started Breastfeeding Tips
Dr. Jack Newman:
Video clips, Breastfeeding Help
Video Clips, Mothers' Stories, Working Mother
Breastmilk Every Ounce Counts: Texas WIC Program:
Preparing for Breastfeeding Expectations in First Days Working Mother
Stanford School of Medicine:
Videos on Hand Expression Breastfeeding Resource