Mothers show their love to their babies long before they meet them. And they start to give gifts that last a lifetime, beginning in the womb.
Lifetime gift No. 1: Freedom from weight struggles
Moms who gain just the right amount of weight during pregnancy - not too much or too little - help prevent a lifetime of weight struggles for their children.
Lifetime gift No. 2: “Liquid gold”
“Liquid gold” is the gift only you can give your baby. This is your first breastmilk, officially called colostrum. It nourishes and protects your precious baby after birth.
Lifetime gift No. 3: Custom-made breast milk
Did you know your breastmilk changes, based on your baby’s needs? The level of protective bacteria-fighters in your breastmilk rises to meet your baby’s health needs. Only you can give personalized breastmilk - and that is a gift of a lifetime.
Lifetime gift No. 4: Protection from solid foods like cereal
Babies fed solid foods like cereal before they are 6 months old are at risk for choking and future obesity. Be a mama bear - protect your baby from solid food until baby is ready.
What lifetime gifts will you give to your baby?
*Breastmilk for a full year and beyond is great!
If you would like to learn more about breastfeeding basics, breastfeeding benefits or the phases of breastmilk, visit WICBreastfeeding.FNS.USDA.gov.