Benefits of Breastfeeding

Breast feeding is the normal and healthy feeding choice for you and your baby. The benefits of breastfeeding extend well beyond basic nutrition. In addition to containing all the vitamins and nutrients your baby needs in the first six months of life, breast milk is packed with disease-fighting substances that protect your baby from illness.

Some of the most important benefits breastfeeding offers you and your baby:

  • Breastfeeding protects your baby from a long list of illnesses, including reducing the occurrence or severity of diarrhea, respiratory tract infection, otitis media, pneumonia, urinary infection, necrotizing enterocolitis, and invasive bacteria infection
  • Breastfeeding helps prevent or lessen allergies
  • Breastfeeding has been shown to increase IQ
  • Breastfeeding may protect your child from obesity
  • Breastfeeding has been shown to lower your baby’s risk of SIDS
  • Breastfeeding reduces both you and baby’s level of the stress hormone cortisol and decreases your risk of postpartum depression
  • Breastfeeding has been shown to reduce your risk of some types of cancers, including breast cancer, in both mom that is nursing and baby girl that is being nursed

Resources in Butler County

Butler County Health Department has a WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor. Jerrica is a real mom with breastfeeding experience, support and encouragement available in office, by telephone or text message. Her Facebook page is “Butler Breastfeeds.” Call Jerrica at 316-452-1434 for more information.

Butler County Health Department has a breast pump loan program. We have high quality, hospital grade pumps that are able to be “rented” out to those in need. For those participating in the WIC program, pump rentals are free, and pumps are inspected monthly. For those in Butler County needing a pump but not using WIC, we have another program that supplies the same style pump, with a $30 deposit, that is refunded when the pump is returned in good condition. We supply personal use kits for each pump, at no cost to you. Call 316-321-3400 for more information.

The Pregnancy and Family Resource Center has a International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Call Allison Barkus at 316-322-0070 for more information about breastfeeding.

La Leche League is an international breastfeeding support group, with a mission to help mothers breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother. There is currently no LLL in El Dorado.

La Leche Telephone Support: 1-877-4LALECHE

Web help:

On Facebook: La Leche League of Wichita

Resources in Sedgwick County

Via Christi Breastfeeding Clinic is staffed by registered nurses and lactation consultants and helps women get the support they need to breastfeed successfully, Monday-Friday from 10am-2pm. This is available free of charge if you deliver at Via Christi. Call 316-689-5426 for more information.

Wesley Care Breastfeeding Clinic also has a team of breastfeeding experts and nurses that can help breastfeeding families. The clinic is free of charge to women whose babies were born at Wesley. A one-time chart initiation fee of $50 is required for women who did not deliver at Wesley. For more information, call (316) 962-6455.