After you have your baby, be sure to remember your own after-delivery appointment. Make the appointment as soon after giving birth as possible. The days and weeks after birth are important ones for the health of you and your baby.
Breastfeeding can be good for both you and your baby because it:
- Helps you bond with your baby
- Boosts the baby’s disease-fighting immune system
- Reduces the baby’s risk of dental decay, SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), allergies, serious diarrhea, and ear and respiratory infections
- May save you as much as $100 per month in formula costs
- Reduces your risk of breast cancer
Thinking about another child?
Waiting at least two years between pregnancies is good for your health, and your baby’s. Waiting at least two years also makes taking care of your children easier. When you decide the time is right to have another baby, talk to your primary care provider (PCP). Your doctor can make sure you are healthy by doing a physical.