“The American Academy of Pediatrics reaffirms its recommendation of exclusive breastfeeding for about 6 months, followed by continued breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced, with continuation of breastfeeding for 1 year or longer as mutually desired by mother and infant.”     

                                                ~American Academy of Pediatrics, March 2012 

 



WHY IS BREAST BEST?

·         Infants are Healthier: Breastmilk contains antiviral and antibiotic agents that protect infants against disease.  Breastfed babies have less ear infections, colds, colic, constipation and diarrhea.  Breastfed infants have less asthma, food allergies and eczema as well as a decreased risk of getting certain childhood cancers, diabetes, colitis and Crohn’s disease.  Babies who are breastfed are less likely to die of SIDS (“crib death”).  Breastfeeding also promotes the correct development of jaw, teeth and speech. 

·         Mothers are Healthier: Breastfeeding helps decrease bleeding after birth and promotes the return of the uterus to its pre-pregnant size.  Breastfeeding decreases the risk of breast and ovarian cancer and helps prevent osteoporosis in later life.  Some mothers lose weight faster when they nurse their baby.

·         Breastmilk is the Perfect Food for Babies: Breastmilk is designed for human babies and contains the right amounts of nutrients for each stage of growth and development.  It is gentle to the baby’s stomach and easy to digest.  Formula is made from cow’s milk or soy, but is just a food - it doesn’t have the living protective immune factors of breast milk.  Babies do OK on formula, but they do better if they have breastmilk.

·         Breastmilk Costs Less and is Always Ready: When a woman breastfeeds her baby there is no formula or bottles to buy, no mixing, measuring, heating or concerns about spoilage.  There is no clean up.  Breastmilk is always warm and ready to drink; it makes nighttime feedings quick and going out easy. 

·         Breastfeeding is Special for both Mother and Baby: Breastfeeding helps moms feel confident about themselves and close to their baby.  It provides a warm and cozy time for both mom and baby and is a special gift only mothers can give.

WHAT HELP IS AVAILABLE?

·         Breastfeeding Support: The Modoc County Public Health Department has a Certified Lactation Counselor on site for education, support and assistance regarding breastfeeding.  Pumps and other supplies are also available for Modoc County residents.  Tanya Schulz, RN, CLC is available to answer questions or assist with breastfeeding, either by phone or by in-home or office visits.  Call 530-233 6311 or 1-800-762-3003 for more information.

·         WIC: The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program also has Certified Lactation Counselor’s on staff who are available to answer questions and provide assistance regarding breastfeeding.  Call 530-233-5800 or 530-257-7094 for more information.


Online Resources:

·         The La Leche League:  http://www.llli.org/

·         Breastfeeding Online: http://www.breastfeedingonline.com/

·         The Baby Friendly Initiative: http://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/

·         United States Breastfeeding Committee: http://www.usbreastfeeding.org/

·         World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action: http://waba.org.my/

·         California Breastfeeding Coalition: http://www.californiabreastfeeding.org/