Breastfeeding your baby offers a long list of proven benefits to both mom and baby. It is the healthier and more cost effective choice for both, and provides a bonding experience between mom and baby like nothing else can!
Flu Season is Back - here is what you need to know about nursing while sick
It's that time of the year again. Flu season can be a stressful time for new mothers who are breastfeeding. The common misconception by most mothers is that they cannot breastfeed when they are sick. It is a very logical concern to have but believe it or not, most illnesses do not require mothers to stop breastfeeding! Whether it's the common cold, flu, fever or stomach flu, mothers can nurse without worrying that they'll make their child sick. A mother's breast milk doesn't transmit illness to their child but it does give babies antibodies that can help them fight infection. Maintaining your nursing routine while you're ill is the best and most efficient way to help your baby stay healthy, while at the same time maintain your milk supply.
If you need to take any medications during breastfeeding, make sure to call your WIC office. Some medications can cause your milk supply to decrease. If you are feeling under the weather, drink a lot of fluids, rest up and keep breastfeeding!
Top Five Breastfeeding Benefits for Mom
- Easier to reach pre-pregnancy weight
- Healthy baby = fewer work sick days
- No bottles to sterilize or formula to mix
- Less stress and chance of postpartum depression
- Decreased risk for osteoporosis and many types of cancer
Top Five Breastfeeding Benefits for Baby
- Increased intelligence
- Reduced chance of developing obesity
- Less likely to develop allergies & asthma
- Decreased risk of crib death
- Prevention of infections throughout life