is more than just a bonding experience between a mother and her baby, it
provides benefits that last long after infancy for both mom and baby. Despite these
benefits, fewer than 50 percent of moms are breastfeeding exclusively for the
recommended first six months, a recommendation set by the American Academy of
Pediatrics, says Mary Lovegreen, R.N., of the Noreen Stonor Drexel Birthing
Center at Newport Hospital.
we celebrate National Breastfeeding Month it’s so important that we encourage
moms to breastfeed their babies, especially for those first six months,” says
Lovegreen, an internationally board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC).
“Research shows that breastfeeding benefits mom and baby in so many ways.
This is something we take seriously, so much so, that we are recognized as
‘Baby Friendly’ by the World Health Organization and Unicef.”
adds that to earn this designation, Newport Hospital must remain committed to
providing an optimal environment for the promotion, protection and support of
breastfeeding. “We work hard to foster an environment that encourages and
supports new mothers,” she said.
for baby include:
natural antibodies needed to fight illness
a child’s IQ as much as eight to 10 points
the number of ear infections by 60 percent
the occurrence and severity of pneumonia, croup and respiratory syncytial
decrease the occurrence of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)
the incidence of diarrhea rare as a mother’s breast milk does not contain
negative pathogens that can make your baby ill
benefits from breastfeeding. Those benefits include:
create a stronger bond between mom and her baby
the risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer
the development of osteoporosis
lose some of the weight gained during pregnancy
from childbirth more easily and quickly
points out that in addition to the benefits listed above, new research shows
the long-lasting impact breastfeeding can have. Some examples include:
- Reduce the chance of mothers
developing type II diabetes in the future
to keep your baby slim and healthy as a child and adult
obesity and diabetes is on the rise. New research suggests that
breastfeeding may help reduce the incidence of obesity, and in turn,
diabetes. The reason for this is not yet known, but a theory is that when
breastfeeding, the child decides when they are done eating, and this
affects his or her eating habits in the future.
For more information about the Noreen Stonor Drexel Birthing Center at Newport Hospital and for more information about how Newport Hospital supports breastfeeding mothers, call 401-845-1110 or visit www.newporthospital.org/birthing-center.html.