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Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed a baby. No other method of feeding is as healthy for your baby as breastfeeding. These benefits begin the minute the infant is born and may last for a lifetime. Breastfeeding can also benefit the environment.
 
Benefits for the environment
Benefits for the child
Benefits for the mother
Breastfeeding is cost effective
Local support for breastfeeding
Breastfeeding peer counseling
Returning to work
Public breastfeeding
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Research shows that breastfeeding and breast milk are important for the environment, the infant, the mother and society.
 
Benefits for the environment

Benefits for the childA mother breastfeeds her child
Children who are breastfed receive many health benefits, including:

Benefits for the mother
The United States has one of the lowest rates of breastfeeding in the world. While many new mothers start out breastfeeding, more than half stop shortly after the baby is born. Babies aren’t the only ones that benefit from breastfeeding, though. It also has advantages for new moms. Breastfeeding may:

Breastfeeding is cost effective
Our society can greatly benefit from increased breastfeeding. The estimated cost of feeding a baby formula rather than breastfeeding is approximately $1,300 per year; that’s four times what it costs to breastfeed. The nutrients in breast milk may keep children from getting sick as often, therefore reducing the number of days off work parents would take to care for their children. Breastfeeding cuts down on the need for costly health services paid for by insurers, government agencies or families. It’s also more cost effective and better for the environment. It requires no electricity or fuel for its production or packing, thus making it more cost-effective and environmentally friendly.

Local support for breastfeeding
The Northern Kentucky Breastfeeding Coalition has created a local breastfeeding resource guide, which includes information and contacts for organizations and agencies who offer support for breastfeeding mothers.  

Breastfeeding peer counseling
A breastfeeding peer counseling program in Northern Kentucky is designed to encourage breastfeeding and assist mothers needing advice and guidance. It is provided by the Health Department and is open to any mother enrolled in the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) nutrition supplement program and who plans to breastfeed her child. The peer counselors are all moms who have breastfed successfully and have participated in the WIC program. The peer counseling program is designed to provide support anytime a new mother needs it. The peer counselors are available anytime by cell phone and usually work from home answering questions and giving advice to mothers.  For more information, please contact Nancy Merk.

Returning to work
As part of the March 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (commonly known as health care reform), federal law protects breastfeeding mothers. Nursing mothers who work for a company with more than 50 employees are now entitled to the following: reasonable break time to be express milk (can be unpaid), and employers must create or designate a lactation area--other than a bathroom--that is private.

Public breastfeeding
Even with all of these benefits, many new mothers may hesitate to breastfeed because of the unwanted attention they might receive from others while breastfeeding in public places. Kentucky law guarantees that cities, counties and public places don’t ban public breastfeeding. The law prevents breastfeeding in public from being considered an act of public indecency. It also forbids any city or person from restricting a mother from breastfeeding in a location where she is otherwise allowed to be. Kentucky is one of at least 35 states with a law protecting public breastfeeding.
 
More information
LaLache League International
Womenshealth.gov: The National Women's Health Information Center
United States Breastfeeding Committee
International Lactation Consultant Association
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Breastfeeding