Guest Blog: An Early Start to Nutrition – Breastfeeding & Infants

January 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Many of you know, BLEND is working on various initiatives to improve the health of kids and families in Central MN. We assist and support schools, public health departments, clinics/hospitals and communities to create greater access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity. You may not be aware that BLEND supports breastfeeding. We haven’t talked (or blogged) much about it because we’ve placed most of our attention on school-aged children over the years. Recently, though, we were approached to advocate for and promote breastfeeding. We said YES!…because, after-all, we really do want ALL kids – even newborns and toddlers – to thrive and grow up healthy.

We are excited for this opportunity to educate young moms in our communities, work with local partners to enlist more worksites to allow spaces for breastfeeding, and encourage child care sites to use mom’s milk. We have reached out to professionals within our CentraCare Health region to assist in this new, exciting adventure and conversation! More is certainly on its way, but for now here’s a start! 

While many medical authorities strongly recommend breastfeeding your new bundle of joy, you and your baby are unique and the decision is up to you. A lot of research points to breast milk as being one of the best first foods your baby can receive for many different reasons. There are health benefits for both baby and mom that can help you make the decision to breastfeed.


  • Become sick less often with acute illnesses such as ear infections, respiratory illnesses and diarrheal diseases
  • Reduces risks of long term diseases like Type I Diabetes and Crohn’s Disease
  • Lowers their risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • More likely to maintain a healthy weight throughout childhood and as adults
  • Builds their immunity


  • Return to pre-pregnancy weight sooner
  • Have lower risks of certain ovarian and breast cancers
  • Helps mom bond with baby
  • May lower risk of Osteoporosis
  • Cheaper than buying formula


This guest blog was written by Mallory Voit, RN, BSN, IBCLC at CentraCare Health – Monticello.

Mallory started working as a Registered Nurse (RN) for CentraCare Health Monticello in October 2013 when they opened their Birth Center. The hospital asked if she would be willing to learn the lactation role, so in July 2015, she become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She went back to school for her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in May of 2016. What she loves most about her job is that she can do labor and delivery and work with mom’s and babies during their time at the hospital and sometimes for weeks after in the outpatient setting. She really enjoys reading and spending time with her family, especially her 2.5 year old daughter.

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