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Get Healthy Carson City: Breastfeeding Benefits a Baby’s Health

Breastfeeding is nature’s way of feeding a baby, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Most women have difficulty breastfeeding and wonder if they are producing enough breast milk. This can be difficult because women cannot visually see how much milk the baby is drinking, so it is difficult to determine if enough milk is being produced.
It is estimated that 5% of women are physically unable to produce enough breast milk to feed their babies and less than 5% of women experience lactation failure. That said, most new mothers produce enough milk for their babies and this shouldn’t be a major breastfeeding concern.
Breastfeeding is the best for both baby and mother, it’s an excellent source of nutrition, with the perfect combination of protein, fats and carbohydrates that baby needs to grow. Yes, breast milk contains the perfect macronutrients for baby growth, but it also contains millions of living cells, including white blood cells, stem cells, and immune-boosting bacteria to help with organ development. Breast milk also contains growth factors, vitamins and minerals, antibodies, long chain fatty acids, oligosaccharides and amino acids, all of which are important factors in your baby’s development.
All moms want to make sure their babies are as healthy as possible, but most moms don’t realize that a life-changing decision, like breastfeeding, can affect their baby now and for the rest of their lives. Breastfed babies generally live healthier lives with less incidence of chronic diseases, food allergies, asthma, eczema, type I and type II diabetes, and much more that could cause hospitalization and other health complications.
• Breastfed babies have higher levels of beneficial gut bacteria and healthier growth patterns than babies who are not breastfed.
• Breastfed babies have a lower rate of wheezing, which is one of the most common reasons infants are hospitalized or seek medical attention.
• Breastfed babies have a lower risk of developing asthma, due to their strong gut microbiota. Formula-fed babies have a weaker gut, which can cause intestinal dysbacteriosis leading to a chronic inflammatory respiratory disorder, such as asthma.
• Breast milk is unique to each mother and baby to meet their individual needs
• Breast milk is packed with bacteria that colonize the intestines of infants and help prepare the development of the baby’s immune system and metabolism.
• Babies who are exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months have fewer ear infections and respiratory diseases.
For more information on breastfeeding, contact your local WIC office:
Carson City Health and Human Services WIC
900 E. Long St., Carson City
775-887-2190
Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Douglas County WIC Clinic
1524 Route 395 North
775-283-4772
Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
For additional resources and information about Carson City Health and Human Services programs and services, see our website at www.gethealthycarsoncity.org, “Like us” on Facebook at www.facebook.com /cchhs, follow us on Twitter @CCHealthEd, call contact us at (775) 887-2190, or visit us at 900 E. Long St. in Carson City.