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Westchester Lactation Consultant on the Benefits of Breastfeeding

Posted on: February 11, 2014

Breastfeeding: A Small Moment with Far-Reaching Benefits

By Kim McKechnie, RN, IBCLC, Lactation Coordinator at Northern Westchester Hospital

mother breastfeeding babyWe know that in most cases “natural” is better, and breastfeeding is no exception. Breastfeeding your baby is the most healthful way to feed and nurture most newborns, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) backs this contention. The AAP recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby’s life, as well as continued breastfeeding for at least the first year as solid foods are introduced.

Breastfeeding your baby can also lead to broader benefits. Breastfed babies are sick less often than babies who are fed with formula because of the natural antibodies that are passed from a nursing mother to her baby. Breastfeeding protects babies from infections by contributing to their immune system resulting in lower occurrences of conditions such as ear infections, diarrhea, and respiratory infections. Continue reading

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