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National Breastfeeding Month is dedicated to protecting, promoting, and supporting the needs of women and their families. 

Breastfeeding is not always easy and requires a lot of time and patience. There are many factors that can make breastfeeding difficult such as breast engorgement, low supply, breast and nipple pain, and failure to latch.

However, breastfeeding is a natural and healthy way to feed your infant with many benefits for both the mother and child.

Let’s take a look at some of these benefits below.

For mom

  • Affordable
  • Saves time 
  • Burns extra calories
  • Bonding
  • Less risk for post-partum depression
  • Helps the uterus contract to the previous size
  • Reduces risk of breast and ovarian cancer

For baby

  • Lowers risk for diabetes, asthma, allergies ear, and respiratory infections, SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) 
  • Ideal nutrition for babies
  • Breast milk contains important antibodies
  • Promotes healthy weight

Looking at all of these benefits it’s clear that breast milk is the optimal choice for babies and mothers. 

How Often Should I Breastfeed My Child?

Newborns should be fed every 8-12 times a day for the first month. At one to two months, you can expect to nurse 7-9 times a day. Newborns should never go more than four hours without nursing, even overnight. 

How Long Should I Breastfeed My Child?

It is a personal choice, but experts recommend breastfeeding your child for the first six months. If it is still working for you and your child, you can continue until 12 months and beyond. 

Direct Primary Care Doctor in Louisville, KY

No matter what choice you make, Dr. Manire can guide you to the right decision based on you and your child’s needs. If you have any questions or concerns about breastfeeding or what your options are, please contact us at 502-890-9979 or visit our website.

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