You’re doing great, mom- loving and caring for your baby. Breastfeeding provides amazing health benefits for both you and your baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that every child be breastfed for at least 12 months, and afterwards for as long as mother and baby want. Breast milk provides baby with the perfect blend of nutrients to help them with a healthy start to life.
As you work to find a new balance, Lorain County Public Health (LCPH) is here to support you with public health services that your family needs— including childhood vaccines, a pack ‘n play, a car seat, breastfeeding support, and guidance from nurses and dietitians at LCPH.
How is breastfeeding healthy?
Women who breastfeed:
- Have a decreased risk of: heart disease, type 2 diabetes, ovarian cancer, and breast cancer.
- May lose pregnancy weight more quickly.
Babies who are breastfed:
- Have a reduced risk of asthma, obesity, type 2 diabetes, SIDS, and other childhood infections.
- Have more skin-to-skin contact, while held on their mother or father’s chest, which soothes babies and can strengthen their bond with parents.
- Are healthier and more content than babies that are formula fed.
Families who breastfeed:
- Save money because they don’t have added costs of baby formula.
- Protect the environment by decreasing energy used to process formula and dispose of container waste.
- Saves money in healthcare costs and doctors’ visits.