WHY BREASTFEED ?

Nutrition...
Breast milk is the most perfect supply of nutrients your newborn baby can possibly enjoy.  

Good Health for infants...

It provides your infant with antibodies for increased resistance to many diseases.  The NRDC reported on the benefits of breasfeeding saying: "Breast-fed children are less likely to contract a number of diseases later in life, including juvenile diabetes, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, and cancer before the age of 15".  

Children who were breastfed as infants are also less likely to struggle with obesity when they grow up.  

Smart Babies...

Studies have found that children who were breastfed as infants benefit from an advantage in their brain development which continues to help them right into their adult lives.  

An article on the CBS news website talks about one such study which was published in "The Lancet Global Health":  

"A new study finds children who were breastfed for at least 12 months went on to have higher IQ scores as adults, completed more schooling and earned higher salaries."

(http://www.cbsnews.com)

Bonding with your child...

The connection between a breastfeeding baby and mother is a truly wonderful thing to see.   That closeness with mom inspires confidence in your child.

Other Benefits for the Mother...

 Breastfeeding also benefits the mother in other ways.  Mothers who breastfed have been found to have a reduced chance of developing osteoporosis.  According to the World Health Organization  "It reduces risks of breast and ovarian cancer later in life, helps women return to their pre-pregnancy weight faster, and lowers rates of obesity"

(http://www.who.int)

Financial Benefits too...   

Breast-milk costs less than infant-formula.  Hiring a lactation consultant will help things go smoothely for you and your baby, and the good news is that Health Insurance providers know that breastfeeeding is beneficial to both the mother's and baby's health. The Affordable Care Act mandates that breastfeeding counsel and supplies are covered in full as a practice of preventive care. If an insurance company does not provide a Network of IBCLCs or their Network cannot handle all of the needs of clients, then the clients are reimbursed for what they pay a Board Certified Lactation Consultant such as Opal.  Opal will provide  you with a reciept with the appropriate codes on it.