How breastfeeding benefits you and your baby

Breast milk is best for your baby, and the benefits of breastfeeding extend well beyond basic nutrition. In addition to containing all the vitamins and nutrients your baby needs in the first six months of life, breast milk is packed with disease-fighting substances that protect your baby from illness.

That’s one reason the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months (although any amount of breastfeeding is beneficial). And scientific studies have shown that breastfeeding is good for your health, too. Here’s a look at some of the most important benefits breastfeeding offers you and your baby.

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month

The Basics

Shots (also called vaccinations or immunizations) protect children from serious diseases.

Getting all the shots recommended by age 2 will protect your child from 14 dangerous diseases, including:

  • Mumps
  • Tetanus
  • Chicken pox
  • Hepatitis

Remember, your child needs all shots to be fully protected. Each vaccine protects your child from a different disease.

It’s important for all children to get shots. The germs that cause serious childhood diseases are still around. Each child who isn’t vaccinated gives those germs a chance to spread to other children.

When does my child need shots? Shots work best when children get them at certain ages. Doctors follow a schedule of shots that begins at birth.

How Can UV Rays Damage Your Eyes?

There are two types of UV rays: UV-A and UV-B. Over time, the effects of UV rays may help cause a number of eye problems.

Types of UV Rays ? Types of UV Rays

UV-A can hurt your central vision. It can damage the macula, a part of the retina at the back of your eye.

UV-B The front part of your eye (the cornea and the lens) absorbs most UV-B rays, but these rays may cause even more damage to your eyes than UV-A rays.

What eye problems can UV rays cause? ? What eye problems can UV rays cause?

Macular Degeneration

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