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.