Mothers who breastfeed give baby numerous health benefits

LEWISTON, ID - August is National Breastfeeding Month. This week we're looking into why breastfeeding is the healthiest choice.

Renee Stamper is a lactation specialist at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. She said there are dozens of benefits for mom and baby.

Breastfeeding decreases the likelihood of mom or baby getting diabetes later in life. It also decreases moms chance of getting breast or ovarian cancer. It also burns 500 to 1,000 calories every day.

Stamper said these are just a few of the many health benefits breastfeeding offers.

"It's always available, it's always the right temperature and it's free," said Stamper. "It's the best, free gift that mom can ever give her baby."

Family Beginnings is the only full-staffed birthing center between Boise and Spokane.

They offer lactation's consultations at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 5:00. For more information about breastfeeding, visit: