Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Breastfeeding may save lives

Did you read the article about the benefits of breastfeeding published in many newspapers on April 5th?

The findings, published in the journal Pediatrics are only an estimate, but the numbers are staggering! According to the journal, the lives of 900 babies could be saved each year along with billions of dollars if U.S. women breastfed their babies for the first six months of life. You are probably aware of the health benefits for babies when they receives breastmilk: fewer stomach viruses, ear infections, a lower rate of asthma, juvenile diabetes and SIDS. Preventing these illnesses can save both lives and money.

Do you have the resources to promote breastfeeding to the mothers of infants in your care? Breastfed babies in your care will be sick less often which is better for the baby, the mother, and you! Here at Wildwood we have many good publications available about storing and serving breastmilk, the benefits of breastfeeding, and success strategies for breastfeeding moms. Ask your Wildwood rep. for some of these resources at your next visit, or contact the Wildwood office.

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