Breastfeeding can protect babies from infections, asthma, diabetes, SIDS, and obesity. This podcast discusses the importance of breastfeeding, and ways in which new moms who are having trouble breastfeeding can find support. Created: 8/11/2011 by MMWR.
Date Released: 8/11/2011. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC
Helping New Moms from Day One
Vital Signs: Hospital Practices to Support Breastfeeding — United States, 2007 and 2009
Recorded: August 9, 2011; posted: August 11, 2011
This program is presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC — safer, healthier people.
New mothers can give their babies a healthy start in life by breastfeeding. Breastfeeding can protect a baby from infections, asthma, diabetes, SIDS, and obesity. Newborns should be fed nothing but breast milk for the first six months of life and continue nursing for at least the first year. Even though three-quarters of moms start out breastfeeding their babies, many can't continue as long as they'd like. Professionals trained in breastfeeding counseling and support can help moms overcome barriers to nursing. Talk to your health care provider about where you can get this type of help, and if you know a mom who is breastfeeding, find out how you can help her to succeed.
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