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Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is a wonderful treat for baby and mom alike. While human breast milk is no doubt the healthiest food for your baby, the act of breastfeeding provides mom with a much needed moment to sit, rest, and fully connect. Breastfeeding also releases a cocktail of hormones that deepen the bonding process between mother and child. 

The vast majority of women are able to breastfeed, though sometimes complications can arise. While breastfeeding is natural, it won’t necessarily come naturally. Seek breastfeeding support immediately postpartum to ensure that the process gets established in a healthy and pleasurable way. Lactation specialists can help you problem solve and help you establish a healthy breastfeeding relationship with your baby.

If you are having trouble, seek out support immediately so you and your baby can enjoy the benefits of this special time together. Search CiC’s Provider Network to find lactation specialists in your area.

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Breastfeeding Basics

by Kate Sharp

The World Health Organization, the US Department of Health and Human Services, the American Academy of Pediatrics and many other health care authorities have stated that breastfeeding is the best thing for our babies and yet it is not something that every new mom does.  Many pregnant women lack experience with very young babies and haven’t seen babies breastfeeding.  For some there are unavoidable early difficulties, both physical and social. This article examines the process of breastfeeding and its benefits, the difficulties it might present, and who can help when the going gets tough.

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Jeanille & Michael with Kaden, 6 months © Madame Chang