Breastfeeding is the most normal and natural way for babies to be nourished, because human milk is designed perfectly for human babies. The Coastal Health District is committed to helping mothers breastfeed their babies because breastfeeding is so important for good health.
Breastmilk is easy to digest, with just the right amount of fat, sugar, water, and protein for a baby’s growth and development. Breastfed babies usually get sick less often, because breastmilk contains antibodies that can protect infants from bacterial and viral infections. Breastmilk also contains living cells that are important for optimal brain development, and breastfed babies are less likely to be overweight as adults. Research indicates women who breastfeed may have lower rates of certain breast and ovarian cancers. And breastfeeding is a great way for moms to bond with their babies.
For more information about lactation services in your county, call the Coastal Health District’s Breastfeeding Coordinator Monica Lightfoot at 912.269.2909. Monica is also available to counsel Spanish-speaking women.
Have basic questions about breastfeeding? Call the National Breastfeeding Helpline at
1-800-994-9662 (TDD 1-888-220-5446).
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