Norton Women’s Care is committed to supporting families who choose to breastfeed. Both mother and baby benefit from breastfeeding. And although nursing is natural, challenges sometimes arise for first-time and seasoned moms alike. Norton Healthcare provides the tools and support you need to be successful.
Benefits of Breastfeeding
The first milk, colostrum, is the perfect food for your baby in the first days of life. It is full of antibodies to strengthen the immune system. Beyond the first few days, breastfeeding gives your baby a healthy start that will last a lifetime.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies breastfeed for at least one year. Breastfeeding helps your baby in many ways, including:
- Fewer infections
- Lower rate of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other forms of infant death
- Lower rates of childhood cancer, diabetes and asthma
- Better brain development and higher IQ
- Lower risk of childhood obesity
Moms also reap benefits, including:
- Quicker recovery from childbirth
- Quicker return to pre-pregnancy weight
- Lower risk of breast and ovarian cancers
- Lower risk of diabetes and high blood pressure
- Better bonding, comfort and closeness with baby
Breastfeeding Resources at Norton Healthcare
We offer comprehensive resources to help you build a good breastfeeding relationship with your baby. This begins immediately after birth, when your baby is placed “skin to skin” on your bare chest. This bonding experience can lead to more successful breastfeeding.
Outside the delivery room, lactation-certified nurses and clinical staff, and board-certified lactation consultants are available to provide education and support during your hospital stay.
We understand that breastfeeding questions, concerns and challenges may arise during pregnancy and once you go home. That’s why we provide a host of outpatient services, including: