Why choose breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding is important!
It is your legal right to breastfeed anywhere you are allowed to be. Breastfeeding is so important because it helps keep your baby healthy. It supplies all the necessary nutrients in the proper proportions and protects against allergies, sickness, obesity, and diseases like diabetes and cancer. Breast milk also protects against things like ear infections and every mom knows just how painful those can be for your child. Breast milk is also easily digested by your baby, which means less fussiness!
Breast milk supply adapts to your baby’s needs.
A really cool thing about your breast milk is it changes to meet your baby’s needs. The amount changes according to the time of day, nursing frequency, and age of the baby. All the guesswork is done for you when you breastfeed.
Breast milk is always available and ready to use.
Breast milk is like on demand television – it’s always ready! It is available whenever and wherever your baby is hungry and it’s always warm! You don’t have to worry about keeping bottles clean or dealing with the waste.
Breastfeeding is also great for moms!
Breastfeeding reduces the risk of diabetes and certain cancers.
It also helps many moms return to their pre-pregnancy weight. And of course, breastfeeding strengthens the bond between mommy and child.
Breastfeeding Tips and Advice
Breastfeed soon after birth and frequently (8-12 times in a 24 hour period, including at night.)
Hold your baby skin to skin.
Keep your baby with you in the hospital.
Do not give a pacifier or bottle until your milk supply is well-established.
Unless medically contraindicated, only give your baby breast milk for the first six months of life.
WIC Peer Counselors are here for you.
If you have questions about breastfeeding be sure to speak to a peer counselor.
You’re not alone!
Each local agency in New York State has breastfeeding peer counselors and trained breastfeeding staff to help you from the very first thought! They’re available for you to text, call, or sit down with when you need it most.
Click here for additional Breastfeeding Support information from the USDA