Breastfeeding And Support From Lactation Consultants

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Breastfeeding and Support from Lactation Consultants
The benefits of breastfeeding outweighs not breastfeeding an infant (Rollins et al., 2016). It is reported that an annual amount of 302 billion dollars is lost as a result of mothers not breastfeeding their babies (Rollins et al., 2016). In addition, refraining from breastfeeding has been linked to lower intelligence in the infant (Rollins et al., 2016). Furthermore, breast milk substitutes made 44.8 billion United States dollars in global sales in 2014 (Rollins et al., 2016). Lastly, it has been reported that the United States would save thirteen billion dollars each year from reduced health care costs if ninety percent of women exclusively breastfed their babies for six months (Radzyminiski & Callister, 2015).
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The Basics of Breastfeeding
To be successful, the mother should initiate breastfeeding as soon as possible after delivery (Nagtalon-Ramos, 2014). The mother should be taught the many breastfeeding positions by healthcare staff (Nagtalon-Ramos, 2014). These positions are as follows: Cradle hold, cross cradle or transitional hold, clutch or football hold, and the side lying position (Nagtalon-Ramos, 2014). Allowing the infant to consume no other food or drink other than breast milk will help to promote successful breastfeeding (Nagtalon-Ramos, 2014). Furthermore, having the mother and baby together twenty-four hours a day and breastfeeding on demand will assist in successful breastfeeding
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