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Picture of a mother cradling her babies head to breastfeed.

August is National Breastfeeding Month


Breastfeeding your new baby can have many benefits for your baby and for you, as the new mother. It can also help you bond with your baby.

Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for most babies. It provides ideal nutrition and supports growth and development. As your baby grows, your breast milk will change to meet their nutritional needs.

Breastfeeding can help protect your baby from some short-and-long term illnesses and diseases. Babies that are breastfed have a lower risk of asthma, obesity, type 1 diabetes, and sudden infant death syndrome. They are also less likely to have ear infections and stomach bugs.

Breastmilk share antibodies from the mother with her baby. Antibodies pass from you to your baby as it is breastfed. These antibodies help protect your baby from illnesses and help them develop a strong immune system.

Mothers can breast feed anytime and anywhere. Feeding your baby can be done anywhere when you breastfeed, and the mess is less.

Breastfeeding can have health benefits for you, also. Some cancers, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure are less common when a woman breastfeeds.

Sabetha Community Hospital partners with Nemaha County Community Health Services in offering a breastfeeding consultant. Tara Lohman will be available to consult with ANY postpartum mom in the Sabetha Community Hospital, Monday through Friday, as able. Your nurse at the hospital will ask about setting up a consult and will call and setup a time based on your care.

If you have any questions or need help with breastfeeding, call Nemaha County Community Health Services at (785) 284-2152 or Sabetha Family Practice at (785) 284-2141.

Not every mom can or wants to breastfeed, but please consider the benefits when making your decision.

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