Give You and Your Baby a Healthy Start
Breastfeeding is one of the best things that you can do for yourself and
your baby. More than 75% of all new mothers in New York choose to breastfeed
their babies. Breast milk has nutrients that are easy to digest and antibodies
that protect infants from illness.
While the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends only breastfeeding
for the ﬁrst six months of your baby’s life, the longer you breastfeed,
the more health benefits you are giving your child. Breast milk provides
long-term health advantages during a child’s life. Reduced risk
of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), ear infections, diabetes, obesity
and certain childhood cancers as well as overall lowered illness are some
of the benefits.
Mothers who breastfeed recover more quickly from childbirth, return more
quickly to pre-pregnancy weight, and are less likely to develop certain
breast and ovarian cancers.
At Cortland Regional Medical Center, we believe in the importance of breastfeeding
and we are here to provide you with the help you and your baby need to
succeed. Our staff Certifed Lactation Counselors (CLC) and International
Board Certified Consultants (IBCLC) are specially trained to help moms
and babies with breastfeeding.
While in our care, our CLCs can help moms with the following:
Prenatal breastfeeding counseling
Help with positioning and latch
Prevention and management of breast pain and engorgement
Establishing and increasing milk production
Support when Mom and baby are separated due to work, medical or educational
Pictured: Judy Gallow, RN (IBCLC) ; Olga Levitskiy, RN, (IBCLC) and Tammy
Small, RN (CLC). Not pictured: Sara Baxter, RN, (CLC).
Below are links to more information about the benefits of breastfeeding
for you and your baby.