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Better Beginnings with Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding offers benefits for mother and baby. While breastfeeding is natural, it is a learned skill. This class is designed to provide breastfeeding education, support and guidance.

Classes for 2016

A two-hour session is offered from 6 pm to 8 pm on:

  • March 21
  • April 11
  • May 2
  • May 23
  • June 13
  • July 11
  • August 1
  • August 22
  • September 12
  • October 10
  • November 7
  • November 28
  • December 12

Benefits of Breastfeeding

The longer you breastfeed, the greater the benefits!

Benefits for Baby

  • Breast milk is the perfect composition for baby.
  • Intellectual development is improved as much as 8-10 IQ points since there are certain fatty acids in breast milk which are necessary for brain development.
  • Bonding is enhanced.
  • Far less otitis media (middle ear infections).
  • Protects against allergies.
  • Protects against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  • Far less likely to be anemic.
  • Better vision.
  • Encourages normal weight gain.
  • Meets sucking needs and contributes to proper facial and jaw development (with less orthodontic problems.)
  • Less dental caries (cavities).
  • Protects against infections: upper respiratory infections, gastrointestinal infections, diarrhea, flu, urinary tract infections, general bacterial infections, meningitis and more.
  • Less insulin-dependent diabetes, immune system disorders, childhood cancer, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis.
  • Baby girls will experience a decreased risk of breast cancer in later years.

Benefits for Mother

  • Naturally pleasurable and relaxing.
  • Prolactin influences feelings of motherliness.
  • Convenient: breast milk is always available.
  • Enhances uterine involution (uterus gets back to normal size sooner).
  • Delays onset of menstrual cycles.
  • Increased caloric demand leads to weight loss (especially with longer durations of breastfeeding).
  • Healthier baby makes for a happier mother.
  • Much less expense than with formula.
  • Decreased risk of premenopausal breast cancer, uterine cancer, endometrial cancer.
  • Decreased risk of fractures due to osteoporosis in later life.

This two-hour class costs $25. To register or for more information about Boone Family Birthplace's Life Education programs, please call 573.815.6400 or 800.872.9008, or write:

Family Life Education Coordinator
Boone Hospital Center
1600 East Broadway Box 48
Columbia MO, 65201

We invite you to tour our birthing and family suites, either in conjunction with a prepared childbirth class, or by appointment.

Call 573.815.8445 for more information or to schedule a private tour.

Read new parent testimonials on our MyBooneHealth Blog.

Learn more about Boone Family Birthplace awards.

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