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In Support of Breastfeeding

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To breastfeed or to bottle feed? This is one of the most important and sometimes most difficult choices expectant mothers face. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies be breastfed for about the first 6 months of life without introducing additional foods (except Vitamin D) or fluids unless recommended by a physician. Continued breastfeeding for one year is also recommended. And while there are many wonderful and compelling reasons to breastfeed, fears or other reservations can often steer mothers away from that very personal choice. For moms still wrestling with indecision, here is some information that may help you decide.

To read more, pick up a copy of the September 2016 issue at any of these locations, or view the digital archive copy here.

Local Breastfeeding Support

La Leche League of Vancouver
www.lllofwa.org/la-leche-league-vancouver
Meets monthly on the third Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. in the Skamania Room in Vancouver Community Library.

Legacy Health Lactation Services and Breastfeeding Support
www.legacyhealth.org/health-services-and-information/health-services/for-adults-a-z/pregnancy-childbirth/lactation-services.aspx

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center’s Breastfeeding Classes and Support Groups
www.peacehealth.org/southwest/services/family-birth-center/Pages/classes-breastfeeding

Helpful Resources

American Academy of Pediatrics: Breastfeeding
www2.aap.org/breastfeeding/faqsbreastfeeding.html#10

Breastfeeding after a Cesarean Birth
www.kellymom.com/ages/newborn/newborn-concerns/c-section/

www.askdrsears.com/topics/feeding-eating/breastfeeding/rightstart-techniques/breastfeeding-after-cesarean-section

The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/calls/breastfeeding/factsheet.html

Womenshealth.gov
www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/

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About Author

Davi Nabors, M.Ed., LMHC lives in Battle Ground and is a parenting coach, writer, presenter, and mom of two teen athletes. She swims, bikes and runs, trying keep up with her sons. She blogs about it all, along with practical parenting advice, on www.TriParenting.com.

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