Breastfeeding is a great way to nurture you and your baby’s health. While it takes practice, breastfeeding has huge benefits. From lower rates of obesity, osteoporosis and ovarian cancers for moms, and a stronger immune system for babies, breastfeeding is an all-around win-win.
At SSM Health, we encourage mothers to breastfeed whenever possible, and provide the support you need during your pregnancy, and after delivery. We have lactation consultants available to guide you, answering all of your questions and helping your baby latch for the first time. You may also schedule a follow-up appointment to receive ongoing breastfeeding support.
Benefits of Breastfeeding
No formula can replicate the nutrients provided by your breast milk. Breast milk contains important antibodies and enzymes that protect your baby from infections. As a result, breastfed babies are at less risk for ear infections, allergies and asthma, diabetes and cancer, obesity and Celiac and Crohn’s disease.
The longer you breastfeed your baby, the greater the benefits. As you provide nourishment, breastfeeding enhances your bond with your child, while significantly reducing crying and irregular heart rhythms.
Breastfeeding is also great for you. Mothers secrete prolactin while breastfeeding. Studies show that this hormone reduces anxiety. Breastfeeding moms also have:
- Less bleeding after childbirth
- More success in losing extra pregnancy weight
- Less risk of anemia
- Lower incidence of breast, ovarian and uterine cancer
- Stronger bones
Contact your health care provider to learn more about your breastfeeding options. Your doctor will connect you with one of our lactation consultants and provide any other resources you need.
Specialized Support For Your Breastfeeding Needs
At SSM Health, we believe in the benefits of breastfeeding. Certified lactation specialists are available to provide you with guidance and specialized support to help your family achieve the best start possible. Our support services include:
All of our nursing staff have been trained to assist with your breastfeeding needs. During your hospital stay, we encourage you to room-in with your baby. This will help you learn how to meet your baby’s needs with consistent, close contact under the gentle guidance of our nursing staff. Once you are at home, our lactation specialists are available by telephone.
Whether you choose to breastfeed or not, we respect and support your choice. Throughout your journey, you can count on SSM Health to provide you the expertise and services to achieve the healthiest life, for you and your baby.