Breastfeeding significantly improves the health and wellbeing of mothers and babies. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests breastfeeding for at least one year due to numerous short and long-term health benefits.
Breast milk contains cells, hormones and antibodies that help protect babies from illness. Studies show breastfed infants are less likely to develop ear infections, respiratory illnesses, diabetes, some childhood cancers and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). They also have a lower risk of obesity later in life.
Breastfeeding is important for mother-baby bonding and also benefits the mother’s health.
It’s important for breastfeeding moms to have the support they need to make a successful transition back to school or work.
The Colorado Workplace Accommodations Act requires employers provide women reasonable time and a private place to express milk. Talk to your health care provider about returning to work while breastfeeding, and take advantage of programs that help moms overcome work-related and other breastfeeding challenges.
The Women, Infants and Children program at Northwest Colorado Health provides breastfeeding information, counseling and breast pumps for mothers who qualify. WIC can also educate employers about The Colorado Workplace Accommodations Act and help them make easy adjustments to comply with the law and support their breastfeeding employees.
Call 970-871-7677 for more information about WIC. Public Health nurses also are available to…
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