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Keys to breastfeeding success: Part One

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Written by: Jodi DeMaa, MSN, RNC, IBCLC and Rita Parker, BSN, RN, IBCLC of Agnesian HealthCare

As parents, we often make decisions that affect the lifetime health of our children. As expectant parents, one of the first critical decisions we make is how to feed our infant. Growing scientific research has proven repeatedly new and interesting characteristics and benefits of breastfeeding. Did you know that breastmilk is an active living tissue, custom made according to your baby’s rapidly changing and growing needs? Breastfeeding is the optimal nutrition and recommended method of infant feeding by the American Academy of Pediatrics and World Health Organization. Breastmilk is what most women choose to feed their babies.

The key to a successful breastfeeding experience is to understand how your body makes milk and then utilizing the support available to reach your goals. Knowledge and understanding allows you to be confident in your milk making ability. Our lactation consultants are committed to individualize your care at and beyond your baby’s birth.

About Agnesian HealthCare Womens Health

Addressing the physical, emotional and educational needs of women, Agnesian HealthCare's Women's Health Services offers the resources that apply to your life, in all its wonderful complexity. With a Health Resource Center, Obstetric Services, a Domestic Violence Program, Behavioral Health Services and programs serving women in mid-life, a number of options are available in the Fond du Lac, Ripon and Waupun areas.

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