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August 01, 2022

Your breast milk helps your baby fight off illnesses by strengthening the immune system, and it has fats and proteins that the baby can digest more easily than those in store-bought formula. Babies who are breast-fed are shown to have fewer feeding and digestive problems and a lower risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

But did you also know:

  • Breastfeeding may help lower the mom’s risk for diabetes, ovarian and breast cancer.
  • Breastfeeding burns an average of 500 calories per day which may help you lose some of that pregnancy weight.
  • Breastfeeding can decrease bleeding after delivery.

Because your baby receives whatever you put in your body, be sure to do the following:

  • Do NOT drink alcohol.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet.
  • Check with your doctor to see what vitamins and calcium supplements you should be taking.
  • If your baby gets a rash, diarrhea, or congestion, write down what you ate that day and tell your doctor – it may help point to a food allergy.

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