The health benefits of breastfeeding are colossal. Health benefits include reduced risk of obesity and diabetes for both mother and baby, reduced risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), ear infections, respiratory infections, digestive problems, and is imperative for reducing the risk of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) for premature babies. Initiating breastfeeding can decrease infant mortality by twenty percent.
The Center for Disease Control has determined that the first hours and days after birth are crucial to establishing breastfeeding success. Research-based hospital policies and practices have shown to result in breastfeeding success. These policies and practices include:
As a breastfeeding support program, WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) has a strong mandate to promote and support breastfeeding. WIC has trained staff that can provide support and research-based, culturally sensitive information about breastfeeding. WIC strives to help increase breastfeeding initiation, exclusivity, and duration. If you have any questions about breastfeeding, please contact us.