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The Benefits of Breastfeeding

The Benefits of Breastfeeding

When it comes to making the decision on whether or not you'd like to breastfeed as a new mother, it is important to consider the health benefits for both you and your mini-me.

Supplies Essential Vitamins and Nutrients

Colostrum, which is the breast milk that is produced right after birth, is referred to as liquid gold because it is high in nutrients that are essential for your little one. Not only does this provide your baby with all of the vitamins and nutrients they need, but it is also packed with antibodies that help your baby’s immune system develop.

Supports Healthy Weight

Along with providing your little one with essential vitamins and nutrients, breast milk also helps to support a healthy body weight throughout infancy. This is because your breast milk changes as your little one grow, adapting to their body’s needs to support healthy growth and development.

Many women also report that breastfeeding has helped them return to their pre-pregnancy weight more quickly. However, more research needs to be done to adequately support these claims.

Lowers Risk of Health Problems

Research has shown that breastfeeding newborn babies can help to lower their risks for the following health conditions:

  • Asthma
  • Leukemia during childhood
  • Childhood obesity
  • Ear infections
  • Eczema
  • Diarrhea and vomiting
  • Lower respiratory infections
  • Necrotizing enterocolitis
  • SIDS (Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • Type 2 diabetes

Breastfeeding lowers the risk of developing the following health issues for mothers:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Breast cancer
  • Ovarian cancer

Birthing Care Services in Henry County

At Henry County Hospital, you can expect a five-star experience when you choose to grow your family with our family-centered birthing care services. Our knowledgeable and compassionate staff helps your family make the first days healthful and comfortable. after welcoming your little one into the world.

From education to emotional support, we focus on your individual health and wellness. Learn more about our birthing center today.