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Breastfeeding benefits

Baby Affair

Let us share in the joy of bringing your new family member into the world.

23rd annual Baby Affair
Saturday, March 3
West Pavilion (behind Cox South)

Are you expecting? Don't miss the Baby Affair for exhibits, prizes, a maternity fashion show and seminars.

Our Family Beginnings program is here to help you
through each stage of pregnancy, childbirth and baby care. Classes include
Prepared Childbirth, Siblings and Parents,
Breastfeeding Basics and more. For more information, see our calendar of events or call 269-LADY or 354-1COX in Monett.

The Women's Center at CoxHealth regularly offers Breastfeeding Basics classes to teach expectant moms about the advantages of breastfeeding, and how to breastfeed a baby.

Babies who are breastfed suffer fewer ear infections, lower respiratory infections and gastrointestinal illnesses - and according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, reduced risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Breastfeeding lowers a woman's risk of certain cancers and osteoporosis. Recent research also shows it reduces lifetime risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Patty Fielding, a registered nurse and lactation consultant, says, "Breastfeeding has long-term health benefits for both baby and mom, but it also has a huge impact on the family's financial bottom line."

Breastfeeding your infant is, technically, free. You can choose to purchase special clothing and supplies, but these are not requirements. If mom works outside the home, the purchase or rental of a high-quality breast pump does make breastfeeding more convenient, says Fielding. The Women's Center offers pumps for rent or purchase, nursing bras and accessories, lactation consultant services and more.

In Springfield, call 269-LADY or visit The Women's Center located inside The Turner Center, 1000 E. Primrose, Suite 110. In Monett, call 354-1COX for information on breastfeeding classes.

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