An Easy Guide to
Breasting Feeding for African American Women
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excerpts from the book...
An Easy Guide to Breastfeeding for African American Women
by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Office on Women's Health &
by African-American Breastfeeding Alliance, Inc.
 
This Guide is to support you and your family with breastfeeding so you can succeed in every
stage.  It will help you learn that breastfeeding is a very special way to give your baby the best
start at life.  We know that our children are our future, and breast milk can give them a head
start in their lives.

Babies are born to be breastfed.

For your Baby
Breastfeeding is best for your baby because:
  • recent studies show that babies who are exclusively breastfed for 6 months are less likely
    to develop ear infections, diarrhea, and respiratory illnesses.  The may also be less likely
    to develop childhood obesity.
  • breast milk has just the right amount of fat, sugar, water and protein that is needed for a
    baby's growth
  • most babies find breast milk easier to digest than formula
  • most babies are not allergic to the protein in breast milk because it is a baby's natural food
  • premature babies are healthier when they are breastfed

For Mom
Breastfeeding is best for you because:
  • it delays the return of the menstrual cycle
  • breastfeeding mothers return to their pre-pregnancy weight faster
  • it helps the uterus to get back to its original size more quickly and lessens any bleeding
    you may have after giving birth
  • it reduces the chances of getting ovarian and pre-menopausal breast cancer
  • it creates a strong mother/child bond
  • breastfeeding mothers have more self-esteem

For Dad
Breastfeeding is best for you because:
  • it saves time and it's free -- it can save the family budget hundreds of dollars
  • you can enjoy the beauty of breastfeeding by simply sitting with mom and baby to enjoy
    the special mood that breastfeeding creates
  • you can still help to care for your baby by giving him or her a bottle of pumped breast milk

For Society
Breastfeeding is best for society because:
  • it saves on healthcare costs
  • it adds to a more productive workforce since breastfeeding moms often need less time off
    to care for sick babies
  • it creates a healthier society