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Intervening to reduce weight gain in pregnancy and gestational diabetes mellitus in Cree communities: an evaluation

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An Easy Guide to Breastfeeding for American Indian and Alaska Native Families Breastfeeding for American Indian and Alaska Native Families An Easy Guide to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health for American Indian and Alaska Nat ive Famil ies 3 Easy Guide to Breastfeeding for American Indian and Alaska Native Families This guide is for all American Indian and Alaska Native women and their families who embrace life. It is a supportive tool for all women who choose to breastfeed. This Booklet, along with the 1-800-994-9662 and www.womenshealth.gov website, are designed to help you feel confident in your decision to breastfeed. Breastfeeding will help your baby avoid many health problems. Breastfed babies are less likely to have: • Ear infections • Diarrhea • Colds • Flu Breastfed babies may be less likely to become obese. Research shows that obesity is part of the reason that many of our people suffer from type 2 diabetes. Babies were born to be breastfed. 4 E a s y G u i d e t o B r e a s t f e e d i n g . . . for American Indian and Alaska Nat ive Famil ies 35 Dear Reader, The Department of Health and Human Services encourages all women to exclusively breastfeed for 6 months before introducing solid foods and continue to breastfeed for 12 months and thereafter for as long as desired. Choosing to breastfeed honors the traditions of American Indian and Alaska Native families. The practice of breastfeeding respects our heritage and culture and strengthens our children, our communities, and our future. You will learn about: • Benefits of breastfeeding • Risks associated with not breastfeeding • Answers to your breastfeeding questions • Where to go for help • Tips for breastfeeding success The Easy Guide to Breastfeeding for American Indian and Alaska Native Families is part of a series of Guides by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health to help all women breastfeed.

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