Breastfeeding is perhaps the most natural way a mother can connect with her baby, but plenty of moms and moms-to-be are still in the dark about the best ways to care for themselves and their little ones during this intimate, nurturing experience.
That is why we want to take the time to spread knowledge on the subject and get any questions you might have on proper techniques and great tips. Whether you’re a first-time mom, a mom-to-be, or anyone else on the maternal spectrum, it’s natural to have tons of questions to ask about breastfeeding.
We’ll tackle a few of the big-picture ones here to get you up to speed on the state of breastfeeding in Texas.
What is the Biggest Benefit of Breastfeeding?
The obvious answer is, the milk! As incredible and comprehensive as baby formula has become over the years, nothing beats breast milk as the best source of nutrition an infant can get.
Does Breast Milk Keep Infants from Getting Sick?
There are lots of factors that determine if and when anyone gets sick but being breastfed lowers the risk of babies being affected by: ear infections, asthma, Type II diabetes, vomiting/diarrhea, eczema, inflammatory bowel disease, NEC, obesity, respiratory infections, and SIDS. The benefits aren’t just for infants, however. Mothers who breastfeed are less likely to develop Type II diabetes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, or high blood pressure.
How Long Should I Breastfeed My Baby?
Individual results will vary, but the American Academy of Pediatrics reports that babies should be fed exclusively breast milk for the first six months of their lives and continue to breastfeed along with taking other foods for the first year of their lives. Breast milk ensures protection from certain illnesses and long-term diseases like the ones mentioned above. Other agencies suggest breastfeeding be part of your child’s intake for the first two years of his or her life. The ultimate choice comes down to the mother.
Am I allowed to Breastfeed My Baby in a Restaurant?
Every single state in the US including Texas, along with Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands have laws guaranteeing women’s rights to breastfeed a child in any private or public location. However, business owners have the right to ask you to breastfeed in a restroom or leave their business if they feel you are not adequately covering yourself while breastfeeding. Fortunately, this is easily remedied with all sorts of options and clothing choices available. You cannot be charged with indecent exposure for breastfeeding your baby in public. Additionally, the Affordable Care Act states that if you are continuing to express breast milk while working, your employer must grant you a reasonable break as well as a non-bathroom private environment in which to do so. If a manager balks at that idea, make sure to connect with your company’s human resources department to let them know of your desire to exercise your rights to give your baby the nourishment required.
Breastfeeding is a beautiful thing and a time for mother and child to build an even closer bond. The experience is also a time for other members of the family to connect with the child and help the mother out. Our experienced staff is here to provide the community with the utmost quality of services to help our community. Kyle ER & Hospital is here to support your family 24/7, 365 with concierge-level emergency care for all ages.
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