Benefits can include speedier weight loss and a decreased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers.
Most moms-to-be know that breastfeeding is good for babies. But did you know that breastfeeding is good for you, too?
Breastfeeding can speed your recovery after childbirth while reducing your risk of certain diseases. In honor of World Breastfeeding Week (August 1 to 7), we’re sharing 5 facts about the benefits of breastfeeding:
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Kaiser Permanente recommends that babies get nothing but breast milk for the first 6 months of life and continue to breastfeed for at least a year. But the decision to breastfeed is highly personal and may not be possible for all women for a range of personal and medical reasons.
Many new moms struggle with breastfeeding at first, so we offer help every step of the way. That includes breastfeeding classes during pregnancy, plenty of bonding time with your baby in the hospital, personalized support from our nurses and lactation experts, and ongoing support once you’re home.
This comprehensive approach has helped make Kaiser Permanente a leader in supporting breastfeeding. One measure of this is our high rate of “exclusive breastfeeding” (meaning that infants receive only breast milk ― no other liquids or solids) during the hospital stay.
The national average for exclusive breastfeeding is 52% according to The Joint Commission. But at Kaiser Permanente hospitals, 75% of babies born in 2017 were exclusively breastfed, putting us in the top 10% nationwide.