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Breastfeeding Q and A

Last Modified: January 01, 2014

Women & Children

Being a new mom comes with multiple challenges and many lifestyle adjustments. We want to support your efforts and help you navigate your transition to motherhood. One of the most rewarding aspects of being a new mom is breastfeeding.

Getting off to a good start with breastfeeding makes all the difference in the world. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for the first 12 months of life, but even as little as six weeks can have a positive impact on your baby’s health.

Why is breastfeeding good for my baby?

  • Your breast milk produces antibodies that protect your baby from illness.
  • Your breast milk is easy for your baby to digest.
  • Your breast milk is perfectly matched nutrition, meaning it adapts to your baby’s needs.
  • Your child will be less likely to suffer from:
    • Ear infections
    • Diarrhea
    • Constipation
    • Pneumonia
    • Allergies
    • Asthma
    • Childhood cancers
    • Diabetes
    • Childhood obesity

Why is breastfeeding good for me?

  • Breastfeeding can save you money.
  • Moms who breastfeed have a lower risk of breast and ovarian cancers.
  • Breastfeeding can help you lose weight after delivery.
  • Your bones may stay stronger and resist osteoporosis as you age.


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