All expectant mothers and fathers want to give their babies the best start. Breastfeeding provides the best nutrition possible. On this page you can find out why breast milk is best, as well as getting answers to some of your questions. Studies have shown, and the American Academy of Pediatrics agrees that breast milk has ALL the nutrients your baby needs, and in just the right amounts for the first 6 months without adding water, formula, or solid foods. Babies should continue to breastfeed for a year and for as long as is mutually desired by the mother and baby.
- Breast milk helps protect the baby from many illnesses; earaches, colic, allergies, constipation, diarrhea, pneumonia, and diabetes to name a few.
- Breastfeeding helps protect moms from breast and ovarian cancers, and osteoporosis.
- Breastfeeding helps mom’s tummy and weight return to normal more quickly. Breastfeeding women burn about 600 additional calories per day.
- Breast milk is free and ecofriendly.
- Breast milk is always available and always the right temperature and feeding can be done discreetly. Breast milk is portable and doesn’t require extra planning when you want to leave the house.
- Breast milk is good for bonding; breastfeeding offers moms special moments to share with their baby.
- Breast milk is good for relaxing, breastfeeding triggers the release of oxytocin (commonly called the maternal hormone), which helps relax both mother and infant.
- Breastfed babies have seedy yellow stools with little odor.
Do I need to change the way I eat?
Eat a normal healthy diet. You don’t usually need to avoid any foods. Continue to take your prenatal vitamins as long as you are breastfeeding.
What if I have to take medicine?
Many medicines are safe while breastfeeding. Your WIC clinic can refer you to a Breastfeeding Specialist who may answer your specific questions.
What if I smoke?
It is best to breastfeed the baby. Breast milk protects the baby against many of the harmful effects of smoking. Formula does not. Never smoke around the baby. Smoke as little as possible but it’s always better not to smoke at all. Smoke AFTER a feeding and not before. For more information on quitting smoking go to: www.livingtobacoofree.com
What about dads?
Dads can help by bringing the baby to you to breastfeed. They can burp the baby, bathe the baby, and help with diaper changes. Special bonding times for Dads can be to take the baby out for a walk, playing, talking, singing, or reading with or to the baby.
How do I know the baby is getting enough breast milk?
Is the baby gaining weight?
Is the baby content and quiet after feeding?
Is the baby wetting at least 6-8 diapers every day (24 Hours)?
Can you hear the baby swallowing while at breast?
What if I have to go back to school or work?
Because breast milk protects babies from so many illnesses, they will be healthier; therefore you are less likely to miss time from work or school. You can usually pump, or hand-express your milk while at work or school.
If you need a pump or have questions while continuing to breastfeed, call your local WIC office, and they can help in providing a pump and will put you in touch with a Breastfeeding Specialist who can help you.
DO NOT BREASTFEED IF YOU ARE HIV POSITIVE; IF YOU ABUSE ALCOHOL OR DRUGS; IF YOU HAVE ACTIVE UNTREATED TB; OR ARE ON CHEMOTHERAPY TREATMENT.
Nevada WIC Program
Breastfeeding is a wonderful way to support the growth of your child while nurturing a bond that will last a lifetime. Our goal is to educate new parents, on the latest breastfeeding information and resources. Nevada WIC Program will provide you with breastfeeding resources before the arrival of your baby. Resources include brochures, helpful bookmarks, books, and support for moms going back to work or school.
Nevada WIC has several Certified Lactation Educators on staff that are willing to assist you with any breastfeeding difficulties you may be having. If we cannot help you, we have the resources to make recommendations in your area.
Contact your local WIC clinic for further information
Nevada Breastfeeds Website
La Leche League of Nevada
La Leche League is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. All women interested in breastfeeding are welcome to attend the monthly Group Meetings or call a Leader for breastfeeding help. La Leche League of Southern California/Nevada also provides health care professionals with continuing education opportunities and access to the latest research on lactation management.
LLL of Nevada Groups with Web Pages: