SIOUX FALLS, SD (Dakota News Now) — August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month. Maybe start dispelling some myths, there are definitely negative auras placed inappropriately on breastfeeding, maybe we can dispel some of them to start with.
“Absolutely. The most important thing is that I wouldn’t Google things, I don’t recommend Google. Definitely contact someone knowledgeable about breastfeeding for evidence-based education. You’re going to find lots of personal opinions when you Google things,” said lactation specialist Avera McKennan, Kelli Fagerness.
“Breastfeeding shouldn’t hurt. It can be difficult the first few weeks. But if you reach out and get help, we can definitely help you achieve your breastfeeding goals,” Fagerness said.
What are some resources, how can we connect women to resources to seek help?
“We offer free outpatient visits if you give birth here at Avera McKinnenen, you will be seen lactationally at some point during your stay,” Fagerness said.
There is a negative stigma about mothers having difficulty or not being able to breastfeed their babies, what do you tell these mothers and how can they feed their child?
“Certainly, our goal is to help you whatever your diet plan. If you have trouble breastfeeding let us in, any bit of breastmilk is great. If breastfeeding isn’t your choice, we support that too, we can talk you through how to feel comfortable and work with your doctor on what formula would be best for your baby,” Fagerness said.
In general, what are the benefits for the baby and for the mother of breastfeeding?
“There are a lot of benefits for mom and baby. For the babies you plan to reduce childhood cancer, childhood obesity, and diabetes risk, they’ll have a higher IQ in life, so we’re really starting them off with the best thing possible. For moms, it will reduce the risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer and help reduce postpartum depression, so it’s very important for moms that this simple act of breastfeeding can help so much. ways,” Fagerness said.
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