By Brenda Gutierrez, McClatchy-Tribune
Many moms know breastfeeding is a good idea, but did you know it could save lives?
“During emergencies — such as an earthquake, flood, flu pandemic, or conflict — where there may be no electricity or refrigeration, and no clean drinking water or feeding bottles, breastfeeding is readily available, safe and clean, requires no supplies, and helps protect babies from illness,” said Dr. Marianne Neifert, author of “Great Expectations: The Essential Guide to Breastfeeding” (Sterling Publishing, $14.95) and a Colorado pediatrician with 25 years of expertise in breastfeeding management.
But for mothers who have concerns or struggle with breastfeeding, La Leche League has lactation consultants and groups throughout the state to offer help and support.
“Although breastfeeding is natural, that doesn’t mean it is always easy,” Neifert said. “Many mothers encounter difficulties getting started or continuing to breastfeed.”