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Martha Jefferson Monday: What are the Benefits of Breastfeeding?

For new moms, breastfeeding is something that’s important to think about before your new baby is even born.

Allyson Michaels is a lactation consultant at Martha Jefferson Hospital and says its natural, and what women’s bodies are made to do. She adds that it also provides babies with exactly what they need.

“It has all the right antibodies, all the right nutrients, the right amount of calories, carbohydrates and protein,” noted Michaels. “As a baby gets older, mom’s milk changes to meet that baby’s age. So what a mom makes at birth, and at three months, and at 6 months, it keeps changing, so the mom always makes the right composition and the right amount.”

Michaels does recognize however, that many moms have questions or concerns and need someone to talk to about the process. At Martha Jefferson, each breastfeeding mom is visited by a lactation consultant while still in the hospital. They help educate and answer questions, but their help doesn’t stop there.

“Call us at the lactation office any time and we’d be more than happy to talk with a mom about what she’s thinking and what her fears are because there are misconceptions out there,” commented Michaels.

Michaels says that no question is off limits, and building a support network is a crucial part of being successful with breastfeeding.

“We don’t want mom’s going home and feeling stuck. You need to have your support team around you and having a supportive significant other, or someone who will be there to cheer you on and tell you that you are doing great is a vital part.”

Martha Jefferson offers breastfeeding classes. For more information, or to sign up, call Health Connection at (434) 654-7009.

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