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National Breastfeeding Month

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Smiling mother holding baby Did you know, August is National Breastfeeding month? Breastfeeding is very beneficial to you and your baby, but is also a completely personal decision and has both pros and cons depending on your situation.   Here are a few benefits and quirky facts about breast feeding: 1. Breastfeeding can actually reduce baby’s risk of disease later in life, including:

  • Asthma
  • Crohn’s disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Hodgkin’s disease
  • Type I and II diabetes
  • Leukemia
  • Obesity
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • And more
2. Human milk boosts a baby’s immune system—helping baby fight viral, bacterial, and parasitic infections, including:
  • Respiratory infections
  • Ear infections
  • Bacterial meningitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Diarrhea
  • Common colds and flus
3. Breastfeeding reduces the mother’s risk of ovarian and breast cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis.  The longer she breastfeeds, the higher the benefit. And did you know, breastfeeding a baby girl actually reduces her lifetime risk of breast cancer by 25%? 4. Breastfeeding saves a family approximately $2 to $4 thousand dollars annually (compared to cost of formula). 5. Breastfeeding helps the mother heal faster in the postpartum, helping her uterus return to pre-pregnancy size faster and lowering overall postpartum blood loss. 6. Breastfeeding can help the mother return to her pre-baby weight.  It takes 1,000 calories a day on average to produce breast milk.  Women are advised to consume an extra 500 calories a day, and the body dips into reserves it built up in pregnancy to make the rest (it’s important to consume those extra calories or the body actually goes into “starvation mode” and holds onto the reserves). 7. Producing breast milk consumes 25% of the body’s energy; the brain only uses 20% by comparison. 8. On average, babies remove 67% of the milk the mother has available—they eat until fullness, not until the breast is emptied. 9. Almost 75% of all moms produce more milk in their right breast, whether they are right- or left- handed. 10. The mother’s body is constantly making the perfect milk for the baby.  Milk changes its nutritional profile as the baby grows (milk made for a 3 month old is different than for a 9 month old).  Milk can even change day to day—for example, water content may increase during times of hot weather and baby-sickness to provide extra hydration.   There are even more benefits to breastfeeding and it’s a great month to celebrate them. Happy Breastfeeding Awareness month!  

Get outside and Play! July is National Parks and Recreation Month

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Friendly children playing in a park, running with colourful banners, in vintage style develop Discover the power of play and adventure this month. It’s summer and it’s July - National Parks and Recreation Month. We are so lucky to have as many wonderful parks for us and our family to play or exercise in. Or even just to relax, meditate, and take a break from the general craziness of life. For children and adults, play is a vital part of our mental wellbeing, physical health and personal interactions. We challenge you to get your play on at your local parks and recreation. Whether it’s summer camp, an adult sports league, exploring a trail, yoga class, meeting friends on the playground, playing cards in the park, or discovering nature — parks and play go hand in hand. And play and exercise also go hand and hand, which promotes a healthy and active lifestyle. Each July since 1985, America has celebrated Park and Recreation Month, a program of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The goal is to raise awareness of the vital impact that parks, recreation and conservation has on communities across the U.S. Parks are the cornerstone of nearly every community, serving millions of people as the places anyone can go to be active, live healthier, connect with nature and gather together. Get out there and play in your local park! Enjoy it and have fun outside.

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

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      09-11 Page 1A.indd Did you know that one in three children in the U.S. are obese? The statistics sound high, but in all actuality childhood obesity can be prevented! Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. By making small changes in your lifestyle, like adding fresh fruits and vegetables into your daily meals you can go a long way. Opt for fruit instead of sweets, eliminate sugary drinks, and make sure your child has proper veggie servings in every meal. Additionally, incorporate exercise into your lives. Perhaps go for a family walk after dinner, or even get the kids on their bikes and play a little bike tag. Get away from the computer screens and move! Movement in any form can help you and your family get fit and do wonders for you and your child’s health. If you don’t feel like your child is getting enough exercise or healthy food options at school, talk to your teachers and administrators to get them in the game as well. Give them ideas and help them provide healthy food options and daily physical activities for students. Need ideas? Ask your doctor for ideas to keep your child moving and eating healthy.  

Women’s Health: Breast Feeding May Influence Early Life Immune System Development

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breastfeeding We know that breastfeeding infants has a healthy impact on the child’s growth, but a series of recent studies presented at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology's Annual Meeting report that an  infant's immune system development and susceptibility to asthma and other allergies may be influenced by a number of factors that shape what bacteria is in their stomach, such as gestational age at birth, breastfeeding and delivery by Cesarean section. Similar studies have supported this claim. In June 2014, Medical News Today reported on a study published in the journal Allergy and Clinical Immunology, in which researchers found exposing babies to bacteria and allergens in the first year of life may reduce the risk of allergies, wheezing and asthma later in life. Additionally, several studies are also showing breastfed babies are at lower risk of pet-related allergies. Studies go on and on. Your doctor can tell you more about the health benefits to breastfeeding, for both mother and child. So feel free to ask!