/ by UK HealthCare
Breastfeeding is a natural way for mothers to bond with their new baby and provide the vital nutrition the baby needs.
Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week this week by learning more about breastfeeding’s benefits.
- Breastfeeding has preventive power. Research has shown that breastfeeding can help prevent allergies, asthma, diabetes, ear infections, childhood obesity, leukemia and even sudden infant death syndrome. Your first milk, colostrum, provides your baby with all your immunity to diseases.
- It creates a special bond. Breastfeeding allows you to have a special bond with your baby. Studies have shown that breastfeeding can improve your child’s neurodevelopment. And the hormones released during breastfeeding have been found to decrease maternal stress and increase bonding.
- Breast milk is easy on your baby’s tummy. Breast milk is easier to digest than formula, meaning your baby will have fewer stomach aches and develop fewer food allergies. Breast milk also changes to meet your growing baby’s needs
- Breastfeeding is good for you, too. Breastfeeding can decrease your risk of heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, postpartum depression and some forms of breast and ovarian cancer. The longer you breast feed, the greater your protection. Plus, you burn an extra 500 calories per day breastfeeding!
- Breastfeeding saves you money. Formula, bottles and supplies can cost about $3,000 annually, but breast milk is free. There’s no prep time for breast milk, and it’s always the right temperature.
The Birthing Center at UK HealthCare wants your breastfeeding experience to get off to the right start. Our nursing staff and physicians have received special training to help you begin breastfeeding. We also have lactation consultants who will see you during your hospitalization and the Mommy and Me Clinic, located at the Kentucky Clinic, for assistance after you are discharged.
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Mommy and Me Breastfeeding Clinic
Kentucky Clinic South2400 Greatstone Point
Lexington, KY 40504Monday - Friday: 12:45 pm-3:15 pm
Breastfeeding Support Classes
Nursing Your Infant class
UK Good Samaritan Hospital310 S. Limestone
Conference Room A
Lexington, KY 40508
Class times: One Thursdays every other month from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. and one Saturday every month from 9 - 11 a.m.
Cost: $25 per couple
UK Midwife Clinic141 N. Eagle Creek Drive
Lexington, KY 40509Monday - Friday: 8:00 am-4:30 pm
If you are an existing patient, please be aware that due to HIPAA privacy we will not be able to give advice at this time via e-mail response. Please call the office for questions or concerns or use the My UK HealthCare patient portal. If this is a medical emergency, call 911.
Obstetrics & Gynecology
UK Good Samaritan Medical Office BuildingFax 859-323-0790125 E. Maxwell St.
Suite 140 and Suite 300
Lexington, KY 40508