by Danielle Zaitzew, registered obstetric nurse and lactation consultant and coordinator of Foothills Hospital's Lactation, Childbirth & Parenting education program

Breastfeeding babies can help bolster overall health for a lifetime.

It is associated with everything from better immunity to healthier bodyweight and stronger academic performance.

In honor of national breastfeeding awareness month, the lactation team here at the Family Birth Center wants you to know a few things about breastfeeding:

Breastfeeding moms sleep longer at night

Moms who breastfeed sleep an average of 45 additional minutes a night, according to a study published in the Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing.

Breastfeeding may reduce babies’ risk for developing allergies

Good news: Breastfeeding may decrease incidence of "eczema, wheezing, and cow's milk allergies,” according to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology.

We support mothers who go back to work with a breastfeeding plan

Over the years, the rate of breastfeeding babies at 6 months among full-time working mothers has increased significantly. Moms are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. labor force with about 70 percent of employed mothers with children younger than 3-year-old returning to full-time work within 3 to 6 months after delivery, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But, continuing to breastfeed after going back to work can be tough. At Boulder Community Health our lactation consultants work closely with working moms to develop a plan for breastfeeding and working. They can also find support and share information with other new moms at our free Friday Breastfeeding Group.

Breastfeeding isn’t just an issue that affects moms and babies. It is a proven way to boost overall health in our country. That's why we offer support and education to mothers in our community for breastfeeding success.

For more information, please contact us at the Family Birth Center at 303-415-7350.