Breastfeeding, also known as nursing or lactating, is the natural food source for infants one year of age and under.
Benefits of Breastfeeding:
Infants who breastfeed are less likely to have allergies, ear infections, gas, diarrhea, skin disease, stomach or intestinal infections, or respiratory diseases. They also have a lower risk of developing diabetes, obesity and tooth decay.
Mothers may experience benefits from breastfeeding as well. Some benefits are easier weight loss, suspension of menstrual cycles and lower chances of breast cancer or osteoporosis.
Some infants are unable to breastfeed due to birth defects such as a clef lip, difficulty sucking, or digestive problems. Because of some infants’ special needs, your decision to breastfeed should be made prior to delivery to allow you time to prepare. To learn more about breastfeeding, Virtua offers breastfeeding classes.
Breastfeeding is not recommended for mothers who have active herpes sores on the breast, active tuberculosis, HIV or AIDS, nephritis, malnutrition, and other severe illnesses such as heart disease or cancer.
Learning to breastfeed
After your baby is born you should begin to breastfeed your baby in the hospital. Virtua’s registered nurses are specially educated and trained in breastfeeding techniques and will help you get started and support you with each feeding. If complex issues arise, a certified lactation consultant is available to help you.
Get step-by-step breastfeeding instructions.
Continued breastfeeding support:
After you leave the hospital, you’ll have continued guidance through Virtua’s weekly breastfeeding support group and free lactation line where you can get answers to your breastfeeding-related questions.
Both services are staffed by certified lactation consultants to give you qualified support for a successful breastfeeding experience.
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For more information on breastfeeding classes or support groups, call 1-888-Virtua-3 (1-888-847-8823).
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