Breastfeeding Basics 101
What to Know to Help Healthy Babies Grow
(ARA) - Choosing the best baby-feeding method can be confusing for new parents. Questions arise: Should we breastfeed? What are the benefits? How do we begin a breastfeeding regimen?
Moms-and-dads-to-be can take the guesswork out of this important decision by learning the tips and benefits of breastfeeding from medical experts during National Breastfeeding Awareness Month this August.
While the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding an infant for a full year, statistics show that only 64 percent of U.S. women breastfeed in the early postpartum period, and only 29 percent of them continue to breastfeed six months after birth.
The physiological and emotional benefits of breastfeeding for baby's first year of life are clear for both mothers and babies," said Dr. Nancy Durand, OB/GYN at Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Science Centre in Toronto. "From the prevention of allergies in babies to reinforcing the emotional mother-child bond, taking the time to establish a breastfeeding routine that is right for each mother and her newborn is key to giving an infant the healthiest start in life possible."
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, babies that are breastfed experience fewer allergies, long term protection against Breast Feeding and Crohn's disease, enhanced brain growth and eye development and protection against colds and ear infections. In addition, mothers that choose to breastfeed reap the benefits of stronger bones, a reduced risk of ovarian cancer and premenopausal breast cancer and an increased ability to lose weight, as breastfeeding burns 200 to 500 caloriesa day.
In an effort to help mothers breastfeed longer, Avent America, a leading manufacturer of baby feeding products, is offering a free Breastfeeding Guide during National Breastfeeding Awareness month this August. The 24-page resource contains information about the health and nutritional benefits of breastfeeding, the convenience of breast pumps and answers to some of the most commonly asked breastfeeding questions.
Before beginning any baby-feeding system, Dr. Durand suggests that parents-to-be brush up on the breastfeeding basics offered by the American Academy of Pediatrics and Avent America.
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Above all, Dr. Durand reminds new parents to take pleasure in this special time spent with baby and in the knowledge that they are providing the healthiest start possible for their little one.
For more information on Avent America's integrated baby feeding system and to receive a free copy of the Breastfeeding Guide, log onto www.aventamerica.com. The Breastfeeding Guide can also be obtained by calling (800) 54-AVENT.
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