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Aug 2, 2012 12:04 PM by Lacey Steele

Your Healthy Family: Breast Milk Benefits

It's World Breastfeeding Month Celebration, so health professionals are pushing the benefits of breast milk for your baby.

Here's more in today's Your Healthy Family.

Colorado has been ranked number one for breastfeeding babies during their first six months.

"The longer you breastfeed, the longer those benefits are going to be seen through their lifetime," said Sonja Lindsay-Crites, a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Coordinator.

Those with Pueblo's Women, Infants, and Children's Program are trying to educate new moms on the importance of breast milk.

It's good for baby.

"You're going to see higher IQ's, less risk of obesity, as well as less risk of asthma and allergies," said Lindsay-Crites.

Plus, it helps out moms.

"Benefits like less risk of Type II Diabetes, osteoporosis, and cardiac disease," said Lindsay-Crites.

Some women have trouble breastfeeding.

"Statistically about three percent of moms can't make enough milk," said Lindsay-Crites. "Other moms may just get off to a slower start."

Health professionals say don't get discouraged!

"Seek out some help from a lactation consultant early before the problems really develop to help make your supply what it needs to be," said Lindsay-Crites.

You can find a lactation consultant at local hospitals and at the Health Department.

Those with the Women, Infants, and Children's Program will be hosting a Big Latch On Friday morning at Pueblo's Health Department at ten, where they're trying to get women together to breastfeed at the same time.

Then on Saturday, they will be joining with Parkview to take part in the Teddy Bear Clinic from eleven to two at the mall.

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