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Breast Feeding Guide

Breast Feeding Guide

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Published by Amy Nichols Adams

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Published by: Amy Nichols Adams on Dec 31, 2011
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 Y g  Bf
January 2011
Introduction
 The experience of breastfeeding is special for so many rea-sons, including:
 The joyful bonding with your baby 
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 The perfect nutrition only you can provide
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 The cost savings
• Thehealthbenetsforbothmotherandbaby •
In fact, breast milk has disease-ghting antibodies
that can
helpprotectinfantsfromseveraltypesofillnesses.Andmoth
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erswhobreastfeedhavealowerriskofsomehealthproblems,includingbreastcancerandtype2diabetes.
Keep in mind that breastfeeding is a learned skill.
It requires
patienceandpractice.Forsomewomen,thelearningstagescanbefrustratinganduncomfortable.Andsomesituationsmakebreast
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feedingevenharder,suchasbabiesbornearlyorhealthproblemsinthemother.Thegoodnewsisthatitwillgeteasier,andsupportforbreastfeedingmothersisgrowing.
 You are special because you can make the food
 
that is unique-ly perfect for your baby.
Investthetimeinyourselfandyourbaby –foryourhealthandforthebondthatwilllastalifetime.
The U.S. Department o Health and Human Services’ Oce on Women’sHealth (OWH) is raising awareness o the importance o breasteeding tohelp mothers give their babies the best start possible in lie. In addition tothis guide, OWH oers online content at 
p://www.wl.v/bf
and provides the National Breasteeding Helpline at 800-994-9662.
The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breasteeding 
putsorth steps that amily members, communities, clinicians, health care systems,and employers can take to make breasteeding an easy choice or mothers.
L   p://www.l.v.
OWH also partners withthe Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and ChildHealth Bureau to educate employers about the needs o breasteedingmothers via
The Business Case or Breasteeding.
The Aordable Care Act (health care reorm) helps pregnant women andbreasteeding mothers get the medical care and support they and theirchildren need. Learn more at 
p://www.lc.v.
U.S.DepartmentofHealthandHumanServices,OfceonWomen’sHealth
 
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