Choosing to Breastfeed

Choosing to Breastfeed
by Jan Moeller, RNC What is the profile of a mother today? She may be a career woman who postpones family until established in a profession, or the professional woman who chooses to stay home rather than continue her career. She may be a teen parent or a single mother struggling to provide a living for her family. She may be part of a couple who must maintain dual incomes, thus requiring a return to the workplace after an 8-12 week maternity leave. She comes from varied cultural, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds with or without the support of close family and friends. One thread in common is that she will be making many decisions throughout her pregnancy, with feeding methods for her new baby as one of the most significant. Read More …

Benefits of Breastfeeding

Benefits of Breastfeeding
by Carol Townson, RN, CCE, IBCLC Breastfeeding is THE most important thing that a mother can do for her baby. Breastfeeding is the baby’s first immunization, providing important and protective antibodies. Colostrum, the pre-milk substance that the baby receives for the first 1-5 days prior to the milk "coming in", is especially rich in antibodies, which protect against bacteria and viruses. Infants receive antibodies and protection against ANY bacteria or virus to which the mother has come into contact with and developed a resistance to. Breastfed babies have fewer allergies and a lower incidence of juvenile diabetes. Immunizations are more effective in breastfed babies and urinary tract infections are less common. Most people are familiar with the fact that respiratory illness, ear infections, diarrhea and stomach upsets are less frequent in breastfed infants, but here are some lesser known facts: Read More …

Successful Breastfeeding

Successful Breastfeeding
by Jane C. Van Nort, IBCLC Even the federal government recognizes the importance of breastfeeding. House Bill 3531, known as the New Mothers Breastfeeding Promotion and Protection Act, has five key measures 1. Ensures that breastfeeding is protected under civil rights law; 2. Provides tax credit for employers who set up lactation rooms and/or provide equipment and/or counseling; 3. Grants working moms unpaid breastfeeding (pumping) breaks of up to an hour a day; 4. Requires the FDA to develop minimum standards for breast pumps; and 5. Expands support for WIC’s breastfeeding promotion and education programs. Sixteen states, including Texas, protects, by law, the mother’s right to breastfeed in public. Read More …