Health Benefits of Breastfeeding Continue to Build

With breastfeeding back in the news recently, the old adage that “breast is best” is coming into question. We wanted to take a minute to highlight some of the benefits of breastfeeding – for mom and baby.

  1. It boosts baby’s health! Scientific research suggests that breast milk can help decrease the “incidence or severity” of bacterial meningitis, diarrhea, respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections, diabetes, cancer, obesity, asthma and high cholesterol.
  2. It builds baby brain power. Studies have connected breastfeeding with enhanced cognitive development scores among breastfed children.
  3. It helps mom recover. Breastfeeding helps new mothers recuperate from childbirth by reducing the incidence of blood loss and allowing more rapid return to pre-pregnancy weight.

While it has enormous health benefits, breastfeeding can be a challenge for some moms, and it requires a great deal of practice and determination. If you’re an expectant mom who is interested in breastfeeding or a new mom struggling to get into the rhythm, register for a free breastfeeding class taught by certified lactation consultants and certification eligible nurses in Portsmouth, Newport News, or Norfolk. Class topics include detailed information on the benefits and process of breastfeeding, returning to work, potential problems, milk collection and storage. Dad or support partner is encouraged to attend.

+ Find free parenting and childbirth classes for mom, dad, siblings, grandparents and even the family pet at Bon Secours Love and Learn!

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