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Did you know? Breastfeeding, also called nursing, is good for both you and your baby. Breastmilk provides your baby with all the vitamins and other nutrients they need to grow and breastfeeding helps you and your baby bond. Research also suggests breastfeeding can provide health benefits for you and your baby:
Breastfeeding can help your baby grow and keep them from getting sick. It makes your baby less likely to get:
Breastfeeding your baby can help you heal after childbirth. It also makes you less likely to get:
What about formula? How does it compare to breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding isn’t always easy – we can help! As one new mom from the community put it: “Breastfeeding can be challenging at times, you can become easily discouraged, but in the end, it’s extremely rewarding and definitely worth it!” There are many common challenges breastfeeding moms and babies may face such as issues with latching, plugged ducts, low milk supply, or issues with let-down. Schuyler County Public Health has a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) who can answer your questions or help you work through challenges at no cost to you. Call us – our CLC can provide support by phone or they can talk to you in person. If you are struggling, don’t give up! We are here to help.