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The Importance of Breast Feeding

By Carolina Kids Pediatrics
November 30, 2016
Category: Children's Health
Tags: Breast Feeding  

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Women's Health, there are many benefits and advantages to breast feedingproviding all or part of a baby's diet in the first year of their life with breast milk. The pediatricians at Carolina Kids Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC offer breast feeding support through our lactation consultant, Jerrianne Webb, and prenatal education and counseling for expectant mothers interested in breast feeding.

Prenatal Education and Pediatric Care in Raleigh, NC

The decision to breast feed is a personal one for every family. Carolina Kids Pediatrics encourages soon-to-be parents to ask questions, conduct research and to become as informed as possible in order to make the best decisions for their child and family.

The Benefits of Breast Feeding for Children

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend breast milk because it is:

  • Rich in essential vitamins, fat, and protein
  • Contains antibodies against viruses and bacteria
  • Lowers the risk of asthma and respiratory illnesses, allergies, ear infections and diarrhea
  • May help to promote healthy weight and lower the risk of obesity and diabetes as children grow

Some studies have suggested that breast feeding may also carry potential secondary benefits for growing babies, such as cognitive benefits in some cases, a lower risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and bonding time with mom.

What are the Breast Feeding Benefits for Mothers?

As with babies, breastfeeding may also offer benefits for mothers. In addition to burning calories, which helps to shed some post pregnancy weight, breast feeding may also help to reduce uterine stretching and bleeding after childbirth, due to the release of the hormone oxytocin. It is also believed to potentially lower the risk for osteoporosis and breast and ovarian cancers in some women. Of course breast milk also helps to save on formula and related costs!

Find a Pediatrician in Raleigh, NC

For more information on the benefits of breast feeding, lactation consultation and prenatal and pediatric care, contact Carolina Kids Pediatrics by calling (919) 881-9009 to schedule an appointment today.