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Breastfeeding

Why Breastfeed?

Breastfeeding is a wonderful gift for you as well as your baby. Many mothers feel fulfillment and joy from the physical and emotional communion they experience with their child while nursing. Breast milk is a unique nutritional source that cannot adequately be replaced by any other food, including infant formula. Infant formulas are able to mimic a few of the nutritional components of breast milk, but formula cannot duplicate the vast and constantly changing array of essential nutrients in human milk.

Benefits for Mom:

  • Decreases risk of cancer and postpartum depression
  • Aids in weight lose
  • Increases bonding with baby
  • Releases hormones to help mom relax & feel the love

Benefits for the Infant:

  • Perfect balance of nutrients specific to infants growth
  • Easy to digest
  • Contains antibodies
  • Higher IQ
  • Reduces risk diarrhea & change in bacteria
  • Decreases risk of type 1 & 2 Diabetes
  • Reduces risk of colds & ear infections
Learn more information or create a check list for your birth plan by downloading the Coffective App!

MYTHS about breastfeeding:

You can’t breastfeed if the size and shape of your nipples is not perfect.
FACT - Every women has different size and shaped breast or nipples. There is no “perfect” breast for breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding always hurts.
Breastfeeding might be uncomfortable in the first few days of learning; but it should rarely hurt. If you’re experiencing sharp pains or nipple sensitivity, you should be evaluated by a lactation specialist to determine the cause. The most common cause is an incorrect latch that can easily be adjusted or corrected.

Many women have a hard time making enough milk.
FACT - It is rare for a women to not produce enough milk.

Signs of getting enough breast milk:
  • Baby has at least 6 wet diapers per 24 hours at day 4
  • 3+ poopy diapers at day 4
  • Breastfeeding 8 -12 times in 24 hours for the first month
  • Baby regained birth weight by 10 to 14 days old
Please contact a lactation specialist for any concerns or questions.

Information validated by Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) & Children’s Hospital.
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