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, according to a
breastfeeding study submitted in the Lancet Global Health.
In honor of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, the lactation team
here at the Boulder Community Health
Family Birth Center wants you to know a few things about breastfeeding:
Better sleep: 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.
Reduced allergy risk: Breastfeeding may decrease a child's incidence of experiencing "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 six months among full-time
working mothers has increased significantly. Moms are the fastest-growing
segment of the U.S. labor force with about 70 % of employed mothers with
children younger than three years old returning to full-time work within
three to six months after delivery, according to a
Guide to Breastfeeding Interventions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
We know that continuing to breastfeed after going back to work can be tough.
At BCH, 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.