National Breastfeeding Awareness Month

Children’s doctor in Gastonia, NC

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August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, and your children’s doctor would like to remind you of the many benefits of breastfeeding. Breast milk has everything your baby needs during the first six months, and it contains substances that help protect your baby from pathogens you and your baby are exposed to. There are a number of illnesses that occur less often in breast-fed babies. Babies who are breast-fed also test higher on IQ tests and are less likely to suffer from obesity, childhood cancer or severe allergies.

Breastfeeding also gives you a boost. It can relax you, help you deal with stress and limit your risk of postpartum depression, and may reduce your risk of breast cancer.

Managing breastfeeding

When babies are hungry, they expect to be fed no matter what else you’re trying to do. One thing you should know is that public breastfeeding is legal in North Carolina, as it is in the rest of the country. Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. If you work for a company with 50 or more employees, the company is required to give you time to pump.

If you’re still shy about exposing that much of yourself in a public setting, there are nursing covers designed to stay in place during nursing with no effort on your part while allowing your baby plenty of access to air, but they do tend to be warm, which may be a problem on a hot, muggy day in Gastonia, NC. There are more physical problems that can arise with breastfeeding, when milk doesn’t flow as readily as it should. Your doctor, or your children’s doctor, may have some advice on dealing with these.

If you’re pumping out and storing breast milk, make sure every piece of equipment that will be coming into contact with the milk has been sterilized. Remember that breast milk stays fresh six to eight hours at room temperature, 24 hours in a cooler, five days in the refrigerator, or three to six months in the freezer. Thaw it with warm running water, or by putting it in a bowl of warm water. Once your baby starts drinking a serving of milk, throw out any that he or she hasn’t finished in two hours.

Children’s doctors in Gastonia, NC

Gastonia Pediatric Associates is a pediatric clinic in a convenient location within the Charlotte area. It is one of the first medical practices for children in this area, and is owned and directed by its own physicians. It offers medical advice for parents 24 hours a day, and has provided personalized service to three generations of families. Its staff includes three physicians and three nursing staff. If you need a children’s doctor, contact Gastonia Pediatrics today.