We just celebrated Breastfeeding Awareness Month. This seems like a good time to talk about the benefits of breastfeeding and how HealthNet supports breastfeeding families.
One of the best ways a mother can protect the health of her baby is to breastfeed. Babies who are fed nothing but breastmilk from birth through the first 6 months of life are less likely to get ear infections, diarrhea, respiratory illnesses, and childhood obesity. There are benefits for mom too. Short term benefits are faster recovery from childbirth and weight loss after pregnancy. Long term benefits decrease the chance of getting breast cancer; ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Breastmilk is a safe and secure source of food for your baby, always ready, and all for free.
HealthNet staff can help support you and educate you and your family about the normal process of breastfeeding throughout your pregnancy and birth. We promote breastfeeding as the best form of nutrition for your newborn.
HealthNet provides Breastfeeding Classes that help families learn how to breastfeed and address some common concerns. These classes are held once a month at rotating HealthNet locations. Visit indyhealthnet.org to view the schedule.
Kathy McCoy, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, has a free Downtown Breastfeeding Drop-in Center. This is a great place to get breastfeeding support and supplies once you start breastfeeding. The group is located at the Catholic Center, 1400 N. Meridian Street (free parking is available behind the building). You can drop in Wednesdays between 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. For more information, contact Kathy McCoy at 317-902-9105 or kathyRNIBCLC@hotmail.com.
Post by Jane Meyer, Health Education Manager