How long should you breastfeed?

How Long Should You Breastfeed?

According to the guidelines set forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics, babies should receive breast milk exclusively for the first six months of life and in conjunction with solid foods at least until age one.  As per the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) breastfeeding can continue beyond age one if mutually desired by mom and baby.

Breastmilk is the best source of nourishment for babies and the benefits provide a life-long impact.  Studies show that breastfed babies experience stronger immune systems, advanced cognitive development, and a decreased chance of experiencing sudden infant death syndrome as well as type 2 diabetes and heart disease in adulthood.  There are also health benefits for mothers who breastfeed as well.   Research shows women who’ve elected to breastfeed experience a decreased chance of developing breast cancer.  Science has proven time and again that breastmilk remains unparalleled as the best source of nourishment for babies, and the benefits increase with consistency and longevity of breastfeeding.

Full term breastfeeding refers to the commitment to breastfeed for the duration of one year, and compliance increases greatly with the support of a double electric breast pump.  Many mothers find a breast pump to be advantageous because it allows other family members to participate in feeding baby.  A breast pump can also be valuable in relieving painful side effects of breast engorgement when nursing is not an immediate possibility.  Having a breast pump also allows for breastfeeding to continue even after separation of mom and baby occurs such as when mom returns to work.  A double electric breast pump is quick and efficient, offering simultaneous dual expression, and with new hands free pumping options moms can remain productive while pumping.  Many women find value in hands free pumping because they can tend to emails, prepare meals, and play with baby, or fold some laundry, etc. all while pumping!

Insurance companies realize the industry cost savings breastfeeding provides too, and as a result they support it!  Statistics shows a significant reduction in hospitalization and doctor visit costs among breastfed children.  This is a direct correlation to the antibodies derived from breastmilk providing immunity boosting power to babies.  As a result many insurance companies now cover the cost of breastfeeding equipment and supplies when acquired by a durable medical equipment provider like Aeroflow Healthcare Breastpumps.  Click here to see if you qualify for a breast pump through insurance.  An Aeroflow Breastpump Specialist will contact you within five business days to communicate your insurance policy coverage as well as breast pump options.  Submit your information today and become one step closer to increasing your breastfeeding commitment longevity by owning a double electric breast pump.

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