Breastfeeding promotes good health in general as well as during a crisis

Posted in breast-feeding
by Lorain County Moms

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.”

  1. Denniscav Said,

    No mention was made in this article concerning the transfer of anti-bodies and numerous other beneficial mother to child, and necessary nutrients that have been proven to be essential through thousands of generations. There is no doubt that we all exist today due to ‘breast-feeding’. The, ease or unease that is involved, is most recent in time and as yet, unknown as to the long term consequences.

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