Zei Gezunt: Prevention and Wellness
Editor: Yael Rosenberg, RN, B.S.H
Questions to ask an expert
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Breastfeeding is the practice of a woman to feed her infant or young
child milk expressed from her breasts. Most women have their infant
suckle on their breast to obtain the nourishment, but others use
mechanical pumps to extract the milk due to physiological, emotional or
Statistical studies show the following:
As of 2003, nationwide: 71% infants were breastfed at birth, while only
41% were breastfed exclusively at 3 months and only 14% continued
breastfeeding up to 6 months of age.
Breastfeeding is becoming more common among
U.S. moms at present but there is a difference related to age and race.
Teen age moms, black or African American moms and unmarried moms have a
lower percentage of breast-feeders.
Studies show that breastfeeding benefits the infant in the following
Visual acuity is higher.
Lower incidence of ear infections.
Lower incidence of upper respiratory infections including asthma
Decreased gastrointestinal infections and lower risk of food allergies.
Some studies suggest that breastfeeding may lower the risk of Crohns
and ulcerative colitis in adulthood.
Reduced number of infections.
Lower incidence of allergic eczema
Reduced incidence of obesity in adulthood
Lower incidence of Diabetes
Research also showed the benefits to the mother who breastfeeds,
lowering the risk of the following:
Type Two Diabetes
Questions to ask the expert
How long have you counseled women on breastfeeding
What is your success rate
Certificates and Licenses
Try to place baby at the breast as
soon as possible after birth.
Make sure your baby's mouth covers your entire nipple and much of the
darker part around the nipple
It is recommended to
breastfeed the infant 8-12 times in 24 hours babies should be breastfed
Both breasts should be offered
to the baby at each feeding
Check babys diapers urine
should be pale, at least 6 wet diapers per day and bowel movements
should be soft and yellowish.
If breastfeeding is sufficient
baby will start gaining weight by 2-3 weeks and continue to do so.
Drink plenty of liquids and
make sure to drink every time you breastfeed
Avoid alcohol and caffeine
Eat a balanced diet
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