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Published on August 05, 2019

Breastfeeding is Best for Both Mother and Baby

Breast-Feeding is Best for Both Mother and Baby

In this week's 2 Your Well-Being segment, Carrie Hillman, RN, BSN, IBCLC, discusses the benefits of breastfeeding and shares breastfeeding tips for new moms and mothers-to-be.

Breastfeeding is a unique and very special bonding experience between a mother and her baby. The bond that breastfeeding creates helps babies' brains develop and boosts mothers' confidence and self-esteem. Breastfeeding also positively impacts both mothers' and babies' health.

For babies, breastfeeding:

  • Decreases risk of allergies and asthma.
  • Decreases risk of diabetes.
  • Decreases risk of childhood cancers.
  • Decreases risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

For mothers, breastfeeding:

  • Decreases risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
  • Decreases risk of heart disease.
  • Decreases risk of diabetes.

Dads play an important role, too! Partners can help by getting snacks or water, helping with positioning or just by simply being present and offering support.

Sometimes, breastfeeding can be difficult. Hillman shares a few tips to help new moms who might be experiencing difficulty:

  • Have a support system, whether your support system is your partner, family, friends or a support group in your community.
  • Attend breastfeeding classes. Cone Health offers breastfeeding classes at both Women's Hospital and Alamance Regional Medical center.
  • Do your research! When reading about breastfeeding, make sure the information you read is from a trustworthy medical source.
  • Share your questions and what you've learned with your health care providers. There are many myths about breastfeeding, but your health care provider can help guide you based on your specific health needs.

About the Author

Carrie HillmanCarrie Hillman, RN, BSN, IBCLC, is a lactation consultant and clinical team lead at the Center for Women's Healthcare at Women's Hospital.

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