Thinking of breastfeeding?
You're pregnant, congratulations! You have a lot to consider and plan as you get ready for baby, including whether to breastfeed. This page lists some information and ways to get started.
Some of the benefits of breastfeeding include:
- Easily digested.
- Has nutrients baby needs.
- Helps protect against SIDS.
- Helps protect against gastrointestinal disturbances, allergies, ear and lower respiratory infections.
- May reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases and infections like diabetes and hypertension.
- Protects the gut from germs and diseases.
- Changes to meet your growing baby's needs.
- Convenient and cost-effective.
- Helps the uterus return to its normal size faster.
- Promotes postpartum weight loss.
- Less likely to develop breast, uterine, endometrial and ovarian cancer.
- May reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Decreases insulin use in moms with diabetes.
- Lowers risk of osteoporosis later in life.
- Decreases risk of postpartum bleeding.
So, how can you plan for breastfeeding your baby while you're in the early stages of your pregnancy?
Creating a Breastfeeding Plan is one way.
Before your baby is born you can:
- Talk about breastfeeding with other moms.
- Watch other women who are breastfeeding.
- Go to a class about breastfeeding or childbirth
- Tell your family members you plan to breastfeed.
- Find someone who can help you around the house the week after you get home with the baby.
There are a couple more series of steps to help you get ready to breastfeed your baby.
Click here to learn more.
Both campuses of Truman Medical Center are designated Baby-Friendly hospitals.