Breastfeeding



Breastfeeding is the most normal and natural way for babies to be nourished, because human milk is designed perfectly for human babies. The Southeast Health District (SEHD) is committed to helping mothers breastfeed their babies because breastfeeding is so important for good health.

Breastmilk is easy to digest, with just the right amount of fat, sugar, water, and protein for a baby’s growth and development. Breastfed babies usually get sick less often, because breastmilk contains antibodies that can protect infants from bacterial and viral infections. Breastmilk also contains living cells that are important for optimal brain development, and breastfed babies are less likely to be overweight as adults. Research indicates women who breastfeed may have lower rates of certain breast and ovarian cancers. And breastfeeding is a great way for moms to bond with their babies.

The Southeast Health District offers breastfeeding education and support in each of our 16 counties. For more information about the lactation services in your county, call the SEHD at 1-855-473-4374.