Breastfeeding Education

Park County Public Health works to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding as a fundamental component of a healthy lifestyle.

Breastfeeding Education

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for about 6 months, followed by continued breastfeeding for 1 year or longer as mutually desired by mother and infant.

Workplace Accommodations for Nursing Mothers Act, effective in Colorado beginning August, 2008, defines how employers must provide a suitable place and allow time for breastfeeding employees to express breast milk.

For breastfeeding questions please contact WIC (Women Infant Children Program) at (303) 816-5974. For additional information on breastfeeding, see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Breastfeeding.

Benefits of Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is the best choice in feeding infants given the many medical and developmental benefits for baby and mother. The breastfeeding experience is also special because it promotes close bonding with your baby; it can save several hundred dollars in the family budget; and it is the ultimate "convenience food!"

For babies, breast milk is the right food at the right time. Colostrum, or a form of milk produced in the first days after delivery, is considered "liquid gold." It is very rich in nutrients and protects your baby's health. Breast milk is easy for your baby to digest and its composition changes to match your baby's needs as he/she grows. Health benefits for baby include reduced respiratory infections, fewer ear infections, fewer gastrointestinal infections, reduced rate of Sudden Infant Death, reduced rate of allergies, and reduced likelihood of obesity later in life.

The mother's benefits are numerous as well and include reduced post partum blood loss, reduced post partum depression, and reduced rates of breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Life can be simpler when formula does not need to be purchased and prepared. Breast milk is ready, at the right time and right temperature and in any circumstance, including emergency situations.

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