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Activity 1: List three reasons why you think breastfeeding your baby is important.
There are many benefits to breastfeeding for both mom and baby. Throughout this lesson we will discuss these benefits in detail. You may even be surprised with all the new and interesting benefits being discovered. This lesson is designed to inform and teach you why both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization, along with many other experts around the world, promote breastfeeding as the BEST way to feed your infant. Remember, we at WIC encourage breastfeeding and support moms throughout their breastfeeding experience - but ultimately, the choice is YOURS. The goal of this lesson is to help you make an informed decision about how you will choose to feed your newborn. All the information provided is adapted from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the World Health Organization, the American Medical Association, the American Dietetics Association, and La Leche League International. Have fun and keep an open mind!
Activity 2: Please choose one
Let's Look At Some Benefits of Breastfeeding For Your BABY:
1.) Bonding: It's more than food!
2.) Mother's Milk is a Superior Infant Food:
3.) Colostrum: the Perfect First Food
4.) Promotes Good Health:
Activity 3: Which benefit of breastfeeding for your baby listed above do you think is most important?
Now Let's Look At Some Benefits of Breastfeeding For MOM:
1.) Emotional Benefits:
2.) Physical Benefits:
Activity 4: Which benefits of breastfeeding for mom listed above are new information to you?
The Benefits of Breastfeeding For the Entire FAMILY:
1.) Mom Has a Free Hand:
2.) Baby Is More Enjoyable:
3.) Saves Money:
Click Here to view the 42 reasons to Breastfeed. Feel free to print out a copy!
Some Common Concerns Women Have:
1.) Embarrassing: Breasts are sometimes looked at as sexual objects and not infant feeding organs. Breastfeeding can be done discreetly (as seen in photo) by using a blanket, shawl, or even loose fitting clothing the baby can fit under.
2.) Loss of Freedom: Many women think they cannot return to work if they breastfeed. In fact, many working women successfully breastfeed by using a pump at work. If you do not work in an environment where you can pump, a schedule can be established to breastfeed while you are at home with baby. WIC offers electric pumps for working moms - just ask!!
3.) Breastfeeding is Painful: Breastfeeding should NOT be painful! If it is, consult your local WIC certified lactation educator.
4.) Breasts are Not Big Enough: Breast size has NOTHING to do with milk production.
5.) Concerns about Inadequate Diet: Fact is, even women in third world countries, whose diets consist of mainly rice, successfully breastfeed. Your diet does play a role in breastfeeding, mom should consume about 500 extra calories per day. Even if your diet is lacking this, your milk will still be adequate. It is recommended that you continue taking your pre-natal vitamins throughout your breastfeeding experience.
6.) Lack of Confidence: YOU CAN DO IT!! Just relax, and keep an open mind. Every Mohave County WIC clinic has a certified lactation educator who would be more than happy to help you in any way!
Have a Support System:
Activity 5: Who can be your advocate/supporter?
Activity 6: What is your biggest concern about initiating breastfeeding at birth and what is one way you could overcome this barrier?
Activity 7: Please choose one
Special thanks to WABA for providing photos.
For more information on breastfeeding try www.lalecheleague.org
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Check out our "Breastfeeding Part 2 : The Basics" online class!!
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