Learning About Breast Milk

Carey Acosta, Lactation Consultant with Homestead Hospital says some of the benefits of breast feeding for a mom are lowering the risk of diabetes and heart disease, and lowering the risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancer. She also affirms it can also lower the risk of osteoporosis and Alzheimer. But the best benefit of breast feeding is helping to get the pre-pregnancy weight much quicker. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for about six months in order to get the full benefits for the baby and for the mom, says Nancy Martinez, Mother Baby Clinical Educator with Homestead Hospital who adds the breast milk has antibodies that are getting past the babies and decreases the risk for infections.

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