Breastfeeding is the BEST Feeding!
Breastfeeding provides a healthy start for children and also has health benefits for women. It helps reduce the risk of obesity, infections, and illnesses in infants, as well as lower the risk of breast cancer and osteoporosis in mothers. The Breastfeeding Services Guide for Santa Clara County provides a list of local resources for new mothers and health professionals who need reliable breastfeeding information. Breastfeeding in the First Few Days (English and Spanish) offer helpful tips and answers to questions that Moms often have when they are first breastfeeding. Click on this link to have your questions answered. For information for mothers returning to work and continuing to breastfeed, click Worksites to learn more about lactation accommodation policies.
Family Meal Times
Eating together as a family is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Far more important that what or how much a child eats at a particular meal, are the long term benefits gained from what a child learns during the family mealtime. Include your child at the family table as soon as solids are introduced. Children who eat with their family eat healthier foods, have better nutrient intakes, have improved school performance, and are less likely to become overweight. In addition, kids will feel better about themselves and have less interest in using drugs, tobacco and alcohol. Get an early start with your young children - visit the 5 Keys to Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater to learn more about this FREE parenting class. Need help with planning healthy meals for you and your family? Check out our Tips to Healthy Eating.
Making Healthier Drink Choices
What you drink is just as important as what you eat. Choosing healthier drinks can significantly lower your risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases. Visit ReThink Your Drink to learn more about limiting your sugar intake from high calorie drinks. Also, watch our latest PSA: Martina and Dexter and learn how much sugar in your drink.
What You Can Do:
To maintain your milk supply, breastfeed often.
Feed baby when baby is showing hunger cues. Watch for signs of hunger cures such as rooting, sucking, clenched fingers and fists over chest and tummy.
Plan ahead to schedule a family meal at least three (3x) times per week.
Serve everyone the same foods at mealtimes. It may take lots of practice and many years for children learn to eat family foods.
Parents make rules on what is served, and when and where eating is allowed.
Drink more water and limit sugary drinks.
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