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Breastfeeding

  • Breastfeeding your baby videos

    These instructional videos are available in English, Arabic, Hmong, Russian, Somali and Spanish.

    Read the transcript for each translation below.

    English: Breastfeeding your baby

    Hmong: Pub niam mis rau koj tus

    Somali: Naas-nuujinta ilmahaaga

    Spanish: Amamantar a tu bebé

    Russian

    Arabic

  • To do list

    Identify who can give you breastfeeding support, such as a friend or family member. If you don't already know, find out what breastfeeding services your hospital or clinic offers.

     Buy several nursing bras. Choose bras with cotton cups that are not lined with plastic and two extra clasp-widths for expanded comfort.

    Take a breastfeeding class. Register at allinahealth.org/classes or call Allina Health Class Registration at 1-866-904-9962.

    Ask for the help you need so you feel more confident about feeding your baby when you are in the hospital.

     Attend the Baby Cafe or other breastfeeding support group (after you have your baby).

    • St. Paul: 651-241-5088
    • Coon Rapids: 763-236-7430
    • Maple Grove: 763-236-7430
    • New Ulm: 507-217-5333
    • River Falls: 715-307-6319

    Attend a La Leche League meeting. For more information, call 612-922-4996.

    If you plan to formula feed, ask your baby's health care provider what kind of formula he or she recommends.

    Make feeding time a time to hold and enjoy your baby (for both breastfeeding and formula feeding).

  • Benefits of breastfeeding

    Breastmilk is the perfect food for your baby. It has nutrients that are not found in formula. Breastmilk doesn't stain clothing and it produces less-smelly diapers than formula.

    There are many benefits of breastfeeding:

    • convenience: you do not need to prepare
    • financial: your family can save up to $3,000 a year in formula costs
    • health: in general, breastfeeding babies are healthier than babies who formula feed
    • environmental: there is no clean-up or waste
    • emotional: breastfeeding provides security, comfort and bonding

    Did you know?

    The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends:

    • exclusive breastfeeding for about the first six months of a baby's life
    • breastfeeding and the introduction of foods until at least 12 months of life
    • continued breastfeeding for as long as the mother and baby want

    Benefits for your baby

    Breastfed babies are known to:

    • have healthier immune systems
    • be less likely to have ear infections, diarrhea, pneumonia, bronchitis, influenza and meningitis
    • have decreased response to allergens
    • have a lower risk for diseases such as diabetes, childhood cancer and asthma
    • have a lower risk for SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome)
    • be less likely to be overweight or obese
    • have fewer doctors' visits and hospital stays

    Any amount of breastmilk gives your baby's immune system positive effects, both short- and long-term.

    Breastmilk changes as your baby develops, making it the perfect food for growth and development. It is the only food your baby needs for the first six months.

    Benefits for you

    For you, breastfeeding:

    • helps your uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size
    • helps reduce bleeding after birth
    • will lower your risk of breast and ovarian cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease, anemia and urinary tract infections
    • helps you lose weight
    • releases hormones that help you relax and enjoy your baby

    Tip

    Lactation consultants are available to help with breastfeeding concerns.

    You may see one during your hospital stay, or you can make an appointment for a clinic visit with them after your baby is born. Your insurance may provide coverage on this visit.

    Visit the resources page to learn more.

    You and your baby are partners in breastfeeding. You both are learning together. It is normal if it takes a while for you to feel comfortable with breastfeeding.

    Your baby may nurse well right from the start. Or, your baby may need more practice before breastfeeding is well established. That means being a little more patient and making sure you use your resources to help you until things are going well.


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