Breastfeeding has health benefits for babies and mothers, and getting off to a good start in the hospital is important. This podcast discusses the importance of beginning breastfeeding at the hospital. Created: 10/8/2015 by MMWR.
Date Released: 10/8/2015. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC
Benefits of Breastfeeding
Improvements in Maternity Care Policies and Practices that Support Breastfeeding — United States, 2007-2013
Recorded: September 29, 2015; posted: October 8, 2015
[Announcer] This program is presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Breastfeeding has health benefits for babies and mothers, and getting off to a good start in the hospital is important. Steps for successful breastfeeding include keeping mothers and babies together while in the hospital, and making sure that moms who want to breastfeed start within an hour of birth. Babies should get nothing but breast milk for about the first six months. Then moms can start solid foods and keep on breastfeeding for at least 12 months. Breastfed babies are at lower risk for asthma, obesity, and certain infections. New moms—work with your health care provider and a lactation specialist to ensure your infant enjoys the full benefits of breastfeeding.
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