There are many benefits to breastfeeding. Even if you are able to do it for only a short time, your baby's immune system can benefit from breast milk. This information explains the added benefits of breastfeeding for yourself, your baby, and how it influences society.
This sample policy and procedures that promote breastfeeding offers an example to other programs looking to create their own procedures. Program administrators may consider this information as they develop their own breastfeeding–welcoming policies.
Breastfeeding in public is one of the most common concerns breastfeeding women share. Pregnant and breastfeeding women receive helpful suggestions on ways to help ease their concerns about breastfeeding in public. Women are encouraged to share their feelings and concerns with family, friends, and other women with breastfeeding experience.
All new moms want to provide the best care for their newborn. Breastfeeding is not the only way to feed the baby, but if the mother is successful, the experience is rewarding. These facts explain the benefits of breastfeeding for both the mother and baby. Health managers may use this information to educate expecting mothers about breastfeeding.
While making milk is natural, breastfeeding is a skill that mothers and babies learn. It is helpful for parents to know that it is not always easy, but that help is available. Mothers often benefit from knowing techniques and strategies such as how to position the baby, signs of a good latch, infant feeding patterns, etc. As women learn to breastfeed their babies, they often have many questions and concerns. They need individualized support.
Mothers and fathers are more likely to become involved in their children's education if they believe they can make a difference. Parents can learn about the different ways that fathers can make a difference in the lives of their children. Children with involved fathers show up to school ready to learn.
A woman’s lifestyle may affect her breast milk, and have an impact on the baby. During breastfeeding, it is important for a woman not to consume alcohol, smoke, or take drugs. These substances are known to pass through the breast milk. This information can help mothers to understand better about the consequences of smoking, using drugs, and drinking alcohol during pregnancy.
The La Leche League is an international, nonprofit organization that supports and promotes breastfeeding through mother-to-mother support and education. The website offers families and staff a directory of local La Leche group meetings and leaders, a hotline number for breastfeeding questions, and a variety of written resources.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement provides pediatricians and other health care professionals with guidelines and recommendations on the benefits of breastfeeding for infants, mothers, and the community. This is useful for program staff working with expecting and new mothers.
Grandparents play a significant role in encouraging expectant mothers to breastfeed their grandchild. Program staff and families may use this resource to learn about the benefits of breastfeeding. It gives grandparents helpful information about bottle feeding a breastfed grandchild, and offers them tips to support breastfeeding mothers.