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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention promotes breastfeeding for parents who are able due to the many health benefits. Babies who are breastfed have a lower risk of health issues such as SIDS, diabetes, asthma, and ear infections, while breastfeeding mothers have a lower risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, hypertension, and diabetes.
For those who breastfeed, there are many supplies to help ease the process. Nursing bras allow easy access for feedings while nursing covers provide privacy in public settings. To increase comfort, there are nursing pillows to support the baby while feeding, nursing pads to absorb milk that may leak, and creams to heal dry or cracked nipples. Many breastfeeding parents also choose to pump, which increases flexibility with feedings, so breast pumps, milk storage bags or containers, and cooler bags are helpful items to add to registries.