Women's Health and Breastfeeding

Woman in plaid shirt breastfeeding a baby

The National Health Observance for August is Breastfeeding. Along with this important topic, the LHI is recognizing women's health, too!

Tips for women caregivers:

  • Participate in regular exercise, practice good sleep and avoid excessive alcohol
  • Find a support group or community that understands what you are going through
  • Take breaks as often as you can to manage stress

Tips for women over 40:

  • Eat breakfast! Your metabolism slows down 2% every decade and while you may think you need to cut back on meals, it's the opposite.
  • Spend more time with your friends! A fulfilling social life can lessen the risk of diabetes, heart disease and strokes for women.

Tips for breastfeeding and milk storage:

  • Studies show that moms who are able to breastfeed can lower their risk of breast and ovarian cancer
  • Breastmilk will adapt to help your baby fight illness
  • Freshly expressed breastmilk can last up to four hours at room temperature and four days in the refrigerator
  • Breastmilk that has been frozen and thawed can last one to two hours at room temperature and one day in the refrigerator


Healthy living and breastfeeding resources



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