Why Breastfeed?

 

“Babies are Born to Breastfeed”

Breastmilk has everything your baby needs to grow and be healthy.  Breastmilk is easy to digest and allows baby’s stools to pass easier. It protects babies from ear infections, colds, allergies, diarrhea and constipation. Your baby will be less sick. Breastfeeding helps your baby’s eyes and brain develop, also helps to prevent diabetes and obesity in later years. Not to mention how great it is for mother-baby bonding.

Breastfeeding is good for mothers too

Breastfeeding saves time and there are no messy bottles to fix and clean. You will notice that breastfeeding helps you to lose the extra weight you gained in pregnancy.  The hormones given off during breastfeeding help you to feel more relaxed and close to your baby. Breastfeeding lowers your risk of getting breast and ovarian cancer.                                                                                                                                                               
Our Goals for Breastfeeding

The Clark County Combined Health District is working to create a culture in Clark County in which breastfeeding is viewed as a natural and vital part of the health and development of children in our county.  Education and support is important in making breastfeeding successful for mothers.  Our goal is not only to increase the number of mothers who choose to breastfeed but to increase the numbers of babies that are breastfed to 6 months of age or longer. In order to achieve our goal we must look at the obstacles that mothers face and reasons mothers either choose not to breastfeed or are unable to breastfeed to 6 months. 

We know that going back to work is one of reasons moms give for not continuing to breastfeed.  Here at the Clark County Combined Health District we are working to educate employers and businesses about why it is important for them to support their breastfeeding employees.  Statistics show that breastfeeding mothers have lower absenteeism because their babies aren’t sick as often as formula fed babies.  Also employers benefit by having less turnover costs.

 

 

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