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We’ve all heard the saying, “Breast is best.”

But is it?

Turns out, yeah.

So good, in fact, that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of a baby’s life.

Here are some benefits to baby: 

  • Breastfed babies get sick less often, both as infants and later in life. This includes ear infections and stomach viruses as babies and Type 1 and 2 Diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure as adults. 
  • Breastfed babies have fewer allergic reactions than their formula-fed counterparts. 
  • Breastfed babies perform higher on vocabulary tests at age 5. 
  • Breastfeeding reduces a child’s risk of becoming overweight or obese.
  • Breastfeeding may lower a baby’s risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. 
Some benefits to Mom:
  • Breastfeeding reduces a woman’s risk of postpartum depression and her stress level.
  • Breastfeeding eases weight loss.
  • Breastfeeding may reduce the risk of some types of cancer.
While the benefits are clear, it doesn’t mean breastfeeding is easy for all women. If you are a new mom and want to breastfeed, don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
Mesa County has a breastfeeding task force. Contact them through the Women, Infant and Children’s office at the Mesa County Health Department – 970-248-6900. 
Also, celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, which is Aug. 1-7, at “The Big Latch On” Aug. 2 at 10 a.m. and with prize drawings Aug. 7 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Both events are at Colorado Baby, 560 Main St. See you there!