Bringing a baby into the world is one of the greatest and more exciting challenges many women will face. The team at UM Shore Regional Health Women's and Children's Health Services wants every newborn boy or girl to have the best possible start in life, in every way possible.
There are many ways to do this, of course - purchasing a safety-certified car seat and crib, choosing a baby monitor, and taking parent education and infant CPR classes are just a few examples.
One of the simplest ways to get a newborn on a strong and healthy course in life is also one of the oldest - breastfeeding. Studies show that compared to formula-fed babies, breastfed babies have lower risk for many health problems, including:
- SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
- Infections and allergies
- Childhood obesity
- Type 1 diabetes
How does breastfeeding support mom's health?
Research shows that in addition to helping new mothers shed pregnancy weight, breastfeeding reduces a mother's lifetime risk for various health problems, including:
- Breast, ovarian and endometrial cancer
- High blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease
Breastfeeding is the natural way to feed a baby, but it can pose challenges, especially for first-time mothers. Basic breastfeeding skills are best learned before childbirth. Expectant mothers are encouraged to attend a breastfeeding class at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, talk to their OB/GYNs or midwives about what to expect, and attend meetings of the Breastfeeding Support Group, also held at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton.
For additional information about breastfeeding education or support opportunities, contact lactation consultants Carol Leonard, RNC, IBCLC, RLC, or Karen Van Trieste, RNC, IBCLC at the Birthing Center, 410-822-1000, Ext. 5700 or 5535.
Other Breastfeeding Resources:
Craig's Pharmacy, 409 Race Street, Cambridge, MD, 21613, 410-228-0058, Monday-Saturday, 8am-6pm
Mid-Shore WIC Program
Call to speak with a lactation consultant, 410-829-8656 (English) or 410-829-8655 (Spanish).