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Breastfeeding: Questions & Answers

 
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Why should I breastfeed?

Breastfeeding is a vital public health issue affecting the health and well being of infants, mothers, and the community. breastfeeding is recognized as the superior method for feeding infants by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Dietetics Association, the American Association of Family Practitioners, the National WIC Association, and the World Health Organization.

  • Higher IQ
    Studies show breastfed infants have higher IQs than bottle fed infants.
  • Fewer Ear Infections
    Breastmilk can help prevent ear infections.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics Says You Should
    The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly supports breastfeeding.
  • Fewer Allergies
    Breastmilk can help prevent some food allergies.
  • Leaner for Life
    Breastfed babies grow up to be leaner than bottle fed babies.
  • Preventing Leukemia
    Breastfeeding protects against cancer.
  • More Reasons to Breastfeed
    You'll be more relaxed
    You'll lose weight faster
    Breastfeeding is ecological
    Your child is less likely to die of SIDS
  • And the #1 Reason to Breastfeed..
    The beautiful relationship with your breastfeeding child!

Is there really a difference between breastmilk and infant formula?

The differences between breastmilk and formula are too vast and too many to mention in detail. Formula, also known as Artificial Infant Milk, is a product for babies who cannot receive their own mother's milk or banked human milk. Human milk is a living substance, it supplies antibodies as well as all the necessary nutrition in the appropriate quantities for a baby's optimal development. 

Does breastfeeding hurt?

Breastfeeding, when done correctly does not hurt. If you are experiencing pain while breastfeeding, something is WRONG and you should get help.

Are there foods I shouldn't eat?

Generally speaking, you can eat anything you want to, IN MODERATION.  Most mothers are able to eat anything they want with no problems.   Try eating different foods, one at a time, to see how your baby reacts to them.  If something really makes him fussy and uncomfortable, don't eat it for a couple of weeks.  As his digestive system matures, he can handle much more.

Am I eligible for WIC?

WIC serves pregnant women, breastfeeding women, postpartum non-breastfeeding women, infants and children under 5 years of age. Applicants /participants must apply in person. Clinic personnel must ask for some documentation to validate identity and establish residency of the person being certified to the program. Eligibility will be determined based upon the following criteria:

  1. Income determination, proof of residency, proof of identification.
  2. Height, Weight (all clients)
  3. Hematocrit or hemoglobin
  4. Nutritional risk determination
  5. Diet assessment.

Find Out More

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact your local health department.

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Last reviewed on Nov 8, 2016

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