Doctors agree: breast milk is simply the best food for babies.
This week is World Breastfeeding Week.
A group of moms support each other in their determination to breastfeed.
Double the fun and double the feedings. No problem according to mother of twins Anne Duncan.
"With twins it seemed logical to breast feed. All that formula would be expensive There's no more natural food that exists," Duncan said.
Duncan and other moms come to Covenant Medical Center each Wednesday as part of a breastfeeding support group.
This week mother's milk takes center stage with World Breastfeeding Week.
"It's beneficial to me, I get to be closer to him," mother Meagan Slee said. "Something my husband doesn't get to do. It's hard to explain the bond."
"You can see the babies behind me," Lactation Consultant Rhonda Thompson said, motioning to the group of babies in the room. "They look pretty healthy, pretty good. It's not unusual for breastfed babies not to be sick at all their first year of life."
Duncan agrees on the health benefits for twins Leyton and Riley, born six weeks premature. She says the proof is in the doctor's bill.
"We've had less trips to the doctor than not just the average baby, let alone premature baby," she said.
As part of world breastfeeding week, these moms want to celebrate benefits like bonding, reduction in allergies, reducing the risk of breast cancer in moms and more.
"There's nothing to lose. Give it a shot. If you really don't like it, you don't have to do it," Thompson said.
Some moms feel so strongly about breastfeeding, they switched employers to do so.
Duncan decided to make that switch.
"There are many businesses that support family values and will give you the opportunity to pump or take a long lunch and nurse your kid," Duncan said.
Whether it's time, energy, or even changing jobs, these moms say the benefits of breastfeeding double any sacrifice.
A special Open House celebrating World Breastfeeding Week occurs at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo on the 4th floor, room 11 Wednesday, August 3rd, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Doctors say once in a while because of medical issues, mothers cannot breastfeed. But they encourage moms to believe in themselves and give it a try.
Stats show about 74 percent of mothers breastfeed nationwide.
American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding the first six months of life, and to continue breastfeeding through the first year, and even beyond if mother and baby choose.
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