Why should I breastfeed?
Breastfeeding provides the ideal nutrition for an infant. The protein, fat, mineral, vitamin, and calorie content is superior to any store-bought synthetic formula. In addition, studies have shown that breast-fed babies have better brain development than those fed by formula, partly because of the superior nutrition from the breast milk.
Breastfeeding provides natural immunities. Babies who are breastfed have fewer illnesses and hospitalizations than those who are bottle-fed. Many diseases children come in contact with during the first six months of life can't be immunized against. However, breast milk has a natural quality that provides protection.
Breastfeeding protects against common allergies. Many babies are allergic to common food products, such a cow's milk and soy, as well as environmental allergens.
Breast milk is easier to digest than formula. Breastfed babies have less constipation, less diarrhea, and fewer irritations of the stomach.
Breastfeeding provides bonding. Through the close contact that breastfeeding provides, a mother is more "in tune" with her child and the process of parenting is easier.
Breastfeeding provides health benefits for the mother. It promotes faster weight loss after birth, stimulates the uterus to contract and return to its normal size, reduces postpartum bleeding, and provides an environment in which there are less urinary tract infections and less chance of anemia.
WIC Moms and Breastfeeding
WIC Moms need to know certain things about breastfeeding. The WIC Program encourages breastfeeding as the preferred method of feeding children. In addition, the following should be considered:
Peer Counseling Program
Peer Counseling Program Personal breastfeeding support is available to all interested women through Crawford County Health Department's WIC-sponsored peer counselor program.
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