Health Matters

The Power of Breastfeeding

Guest: Dr. Kimberly Pilkinton


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Breastfeeding benefits moms and their babies. Dr. Kimberly Pilkinton, an ob/gyn physician in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the University of Houston College of Medicine explains how.

“Breastfeeding is a powerful tool for prevention, such as less bleeding for mom after delivery and easier loss of postpartum weight. Women who breastfeed are less likely to develop diabetes, high blood pressure, and breast and ovarian cancers.”

“Breastfed babies, preterm and full-term, benefit from easier digestion, less risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and childhood asthma. Breastmilk contains antibodies that help protect babies from diarrhea, ear and respiratory infections, and allergies. Moms receiving the TdaP, flu, and COVID-19 vaccines can ALSO pass some protection to their babies via breastmilk.”

“Please reach out to your physician, nurses, and lactation consultants who can assist with questions and your needs.”

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