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Public Health Corner

‘Mom’s Milk: Made Just for Me’

August 17, 2014
By Julie Carroll, PHN - Brown County Public Health WIC Coordinator , The Journal

Brown County Public Health celebrates breastfeeding and the progress that is being made in number of women choosing breastfeeding and the community supporting it.

Breastmilk is just the right amount and nutrition for any baby. It is the natural fit.

Breastmilk composition adjusts to an infant's needs. It is different for a premature baby than for a full term baby, it changes from the beginning to the end of the feeding, and changes as baby gets older. The most dramatic change is from the early milk, which is thick, to the later milk which is thinner. Although the first milk may seem like a small amount public health nurses along with the WIC (Women, Infant, &Children Nutrition Program) is sharing that "Mom's first milk is the right amount for my tiny tummy." By feeding only breastmilk, mom's milk supply adjusts to meet the needs of the baby one baby, or even twins or triplets. Babies don't need any other foods until they are about 6 months old.

There is much to celebrate in Minnesota and Brown County:

Over 73% of Minnesota women breastfeed! In 2013 over 77 percent of WIC participants initiated breastfeeding. In Brown County over 75 percent of WIC women initiated breastfeeding in 2013.

There are many places for women to obtain information about and support for breastfeeding, including local WIC programs throughout the state. Brown County Public Health WIC phone number is 507-233-6800. Additional sources of information can be found by calling 1-877-214-BABY.

Women are excited about breastfeeding. This is what we hear from breastfeeding moms: "The way he looks into my eyes while nursing, the love you can feel...it's indescribable. It makes me feel like I am a super hero, providing this wonderful thing for my baby. It's something that only I can do! "I love the bond with my babies and it's just plain easier." And from a mom who had some initial challenges "If you have goals, stick to them. If you are strong about your wishes when it comes to breastfeeding, you can accomplish those goals! ... trust that what you're doing for your baby has benefits that will last a lifetime."

Dads, grandmothers and others are increasingly aware of the importance of breastfeeding and of the important roles they play in supporting breastfeeding, and in their child's life.

While most people know of the importance of breastfeeding for the health and development of the child, less well known is the importance of breastfeeding to mothers. In addition to the closeness to their infant and the knowledge that breastmilk is something that only they can provide their baby, research suggests that breastfeeding can decrease a woman's chance of some cancers, type 2 diabetes, and even heart attacks. Please help us spread that word that breastfeeding is important for both mother and child.

Brown County Public Health Nurses and the WIC program support breastfeeding. We are located at 1117 Center Street, New Ulm in the Community Services Building and can be reached at: 507-233-6800. You can also find other community resources for breastfeeding information and support from staff at your healthcare clinic.

Breastfeeding reports can be found at: www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/localagency/reports/bf/index.html

For more information about the importance of breastfeeding for women can be found at www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/bf/index.html, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23743465

 
 
 

 

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