There is no other SINGLE action by which mom can so dramatically impact the present and future health of her baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says human milk is the preferred feeding for ALL infants. AAP recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, followed by continued breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced, with continuation of breastfeeding for one year or longer as mutually desired by the mother and infant.
Infant feeding is one of the most important decisions a family can make, and most women who choose to breastfeed have a specific goal in mind. Research shows that babies who receive only breast milk for the first six months of life are less likely to develop a wide range of chronic and acute diseases, including ear infections, asthma, other respiratory illnesses, diabetes, obesity and heart disease. Mothers also benefit from breastfeeding with a decreased risk for breast and ovarian cancers.
Anderson Regional Birth Center acknowledges this research and provides optimum support to mothers and babies throughout the breastfeeding journey. Utilizing evidence-based policies, this journey is encouraged from the very beginning. The first hour of your baby’s life is “golden,” which is the reason we are promoting the “Golden Hour.” Mothers who deliver healthy newborn babies are encouraged to keep their baby skin-to-skin as they count fingers and toes and “oohs and ahs,” and offer the first feeding. Studies have shown that this practice helps lead to breastfeeding success. We want to give mom and baby that first hour together, uninterrupted, in a bonding time that is a once in a lifetime event!