Mondays for moms: breastfeeding tips for new moms


LANSING, Michigan (WLNS) – If you’re a new mother or expectant mother, learning to breastfeed properly can be overwhelming. That’s why 6 News anchor Chivon Kloepfer spoke to McLaren lactation consultant Tammy Ashley on this week’s Monday for Moms.

“The reason I became a lactation consultant is because my first child didn’t breastfeed well,” Ashley said. “The reason I became a lactation consultant… I didn’t want anyone going through this pain and suffering that I kind of went through in the beginning. “

Although breastfeeding is difficult, doctors say it is worth it.

The nurses at the hospital can help you immediately after giving birth. And if you need more support, you’ll have access to a lactation consultant like Tammy Ashley. There are also local support groups you can try.

There might be a consultant at your baby’s pediatrician’s office or at the hospital where you had the baby.

Breastfeeding can help mothers recover from birth quickly because it helps the uterus contract faster and helps prevent breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and diabetes.

And for the baby, Ashley says breast milk is personalized food for him. It is genetically preprogrammed for this baby and contains all the nutrients he needs. It also helps reduce the risk of asthma, diabetes, obesity, infections, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

If a mother is exposed to a cold and catches it, these antibodies pass into the baby’s breast milk. If mom also kisses the baby, after he comes home from daycare she ingests all these germs that are on the baby. And then she makes antibodies for the next day.

Breastfeeding can also help mother and baby fight illnesses, provided the baby is given fresh breast milk. Freezing breast milk kills these properties.

Regarding COVID-19, the CDC says people who are pregnant and recently pregnant are more likely to get seriously ill with the virus, and it recommends the vaccine during pregnancy, while breastfeeding, and if you’re trying to get pregnant.

Health officials say there is no evidence that a vaccine, including COVID-19 vaccines, causes fertility problems in women or men.

Authorities say mothers who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 should continue to breastfeed while they recover, but with a face mask before touching the baby, and make sure she washes her hands before breastfeeding. feed the baby.

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