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National Breastfeeding Month

National Breastfeeding Month

It’s National Breastfeeding Month, and we had more information and tips about breastfeeding for new and expectant moms all week long.

What can breastfeeding do for you and your baby? Learn more.

Why Breastfeed?


Everything you need to know about breastfeeding in one handy guide.

Your Guide to Breastfeeding


For many women, pumping and storing breast milk is key to going back to work after they have a baby. Learn more about the basics of pumping breast milk.

How to Pump & Store Breastmilk


If you’re a new mom, you might not know these surprising facts about nursing your newborn.

Your Newborn and Breastfeeding


If you’re struggling to produce milk but still want to breastfeed, these natural ways to boost milk production could help.

If you’re a breastfeeding mom, your diet is still very important! These foods can help you get the nutrients you need.

What You Need for Healthy Breastmilk


Natural disasters can be especially hard on you and your baby if you’re breastfeeding. Have a plan in case of emergency.

Planning for Disasters While Breastfeeding

Well-Baby Visits

Well-Baby Visits

Getting your babies to their well-baby visits helps them be their healthiest. These visits with your doctor are for a full checkup to make sure they’re healthy and developing normally. This is different from other visits for sickness or injury.

Your baby needs to go to these visits at:

  • 1 month old
  • 2 months old
  • 4 months old
  • 6 months old
  • 9 months old

What Happens at Well-Baby Visits

Your child needs to have regular well-baby visits with their doctor to focus on their development, health, and wellness. At the appointment, some of the basics your doctor will cover are:

  • Checking that your child is developing at a healthy rate and tracking their history
  • Getting a physical exam
  • Staying up to date with their preventive care
  • Getting education and counseling
  • If needed, setting health goals

Your Baby’s Development

Your baby’s doctor can help you keep track of your baby’s key developmental milestones, which can include physical, mental, social, and language skills.

At each visit, your doctor will ask you questions to help make sure your baby is reaching milestones on schedule. This can help them recognize signs of problems early on and put your mind at ease.

Each child grows differently. Some babies barely crawl and transition right to walking. Most of these situations aren’t a sign that something’s wrong. Your doctor can help you understand what differences could be because of something serious.

By 1 month, most babies:

  • Are growing and gaining weight
  • Move their arms and legs the same on both sides
  • React to sounds
  • Have the reflex to suck

By 2 months, most babies:

  • Lift their heads when lying on their stomachs
  • Look at faces and close objects
  • Smile at people
  • Touch their mouth with their hands
  • Make soft sounds, like cooing

See more milestones for 2-month-olds.

By 4 months, most babies:

  • Roll over from stomach to back
  • Reach for and grab toys
  • Have different cries for different feelings
  • Babble
  • Copy expressions and sounds
  • Recognize parents’ voices and touch

See more milestones for 4-month-olds.

By 6 months, most babies:

  • Start sitting without support
  • Roll over from both stomach to back and back to stomach
  • Sleep through 6 to 8 hours
  • Begin teething
  • Show interest in and reach for objects
  • Respond to their names and look at themselves in mirrors
  • Recognize if someone is a stranger

See more milestones for 6-month-olds.

By 9 months, most babies:

  • Crawl
  • Can sit for a long time
  • Feed themselves with their fingers
  • Have favorite toys they throw, shake, and play with
  • Play games like peek-a-boo
  • Understand “no” and wave goodbye

See more milestones for 9-month-olds.

Health Information & History

At well-baby visits, your doctor will ask you to answer some questions about your baby’s health, and maybe even your family history.

  • Health questions, like:

    • How many diapers do they go through each day?
    • Do they spend time around smokers?

  • Eating habit questions, like:

    • How are you feeding them, and how often do they eat?
    • How is breastfeeding going?

  • Activity questions, like:

    • How often do you read to them?
    • Do they copy your movements and sounds?

  • Safety questions, like:

    • Has your home been inspected for lead?
    • Does your water have fluoride?
    • Do you have a car seat?
    • Have you baby-proofed your home yet?

  • And family questions, like:

    • Who can you count on to help you with childcare?
    • Do you have a family history of any serious childhood illnesses?

Physical Exam

At your child’s appointments, you can expect their doctor to:

  • Measure their height, weight, and the size of their head
  • Check their body and limbs
  • Take their temperature
  • Check their eyes and hearing
  • Give them any shots or screenings they need

Education, Counseling & Health Goals

Your baby’s doctor can help you with important information about caring for your baby, managing any conditions or diseases they might have, and preventing future problems.

Their doctor might have valuable handouts, websites, and advice to help or might want to refer you to a specialist who can help with specific issues further.

Their doctor can also help you set health goals to maintain or improve your baby’s health, like maintaining a healthy weight.

Prepare for Well-Baby Visits

Preparing yourself with questions to ask and answers to your doctor’s questions can help you make the most of your well-baby visits.

Know Your Family and Baby’s History

Make sure you bring any medical records you have, especially to their first appointment, including a record of shots and newborn screening results.

You should also make a list of any important changes in your baby’s life, like being sick or hurt, changing caregivers, or starting daycare.

Your family’s history of health and wellness is also an important part of your baby’s health record. Histories of illness and disease can help doctors look out for issues that run in families and more.

This family health history tool can help you track your family’s health, so that you’re always organized to talk to your baby’s doctor. Not sure about your family history? Filling this out is the perfect time to talk to family members for firsthand details.

Talk to Your Doctor

Prepare for your well-baby visits by knowing any questions or issues you want to talk about ahead of time. Some things you might want to ask about:

  • Worries about your baby’s development
  • Growth and normal development
  • Sleep or activity schedule
  • Changes you can expect in the coming months
  • Breastfeeding and if they’re getting enough to eat
  • How and when to start solid foods
  • How to brush their teeth
  • Home safety
  • Preventive care they need
  • What to do if they get sick

Know What’s Covered

Learn more about what immunizations are covered for your children. And log in to Your Health Alliance or search by your or your child’s member number to see what children’s preventive care your family’s plan covers.

You can use our general preventive care guidelines and prescription drugs to get an idea of what our plans cover.

If you’re not sure what’s covered and what you’ll need a preauthorization for, you can check your coverage and preauthorization lists at Your Health Alliance.

Now that you’re ready for your children’s physicals, log in to Your Health Alliance if you need to set a Primary Care Provider (PCP) for your child or start searching for doctors in our network.

Covered Pregnancy Preventive Care

Your Pregnancy Preventive Care

If you’re pregnant or may become pregnant, you also have access to specific pregnancy preventive care as part of your health insurance.

If you’re not pregnant, you can talk to your doctor about this care at your yearly well-woman visit.

If you think you’re pregnant or have a positive home pregnancy test, schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible to confirm your pregnancy and get started with prenatal care. Your OB-GYN, who will be your primary doctor for your pregnancy, will help you with pregnancy-specific preventive care.

Preventive Care If You May Become Pregnant

  • Anemia screening – On a routine basis
  • Syphilis screening
  • Gonorrhea screening – For all women at higher risk
  • Urinary tract or other infection screening
  • Contraception – FDA-approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling as prescribed by a healthcare provider for women who could get pregnant

Pregnancy Preventive Care

  • Child birth
  • Breastfeeding comprehensive support and counseling from trained providers and access to breastfeeding supplies – For pregnant and nursing women
  • Folic acid supplements – For women who may become pregnant
  • Expanded tobacco intervention and counseling – For pregnant tobacco users
  • Gestational diabetes screening – For women 24 to 28 weeks pregnant and those at high risk of developing gestational diabetes
  • Hepatitis B screening – For pregnant women at their first prenatal visit
  • Rh Incompatibility screening and follow-up testing for those at higher risk – For all pregnant women

Know What’s Covered

Log in to Your Health Alliance or search by your member number to see what preventive care your plan covers.

Or use our general preventive care guidelines and prescription drugs to get an idea of what our plans cover.

If you’re not sure what’s covered and what you’ll need a preauthorization for, you can also check your coverage and preauthorization lists at Your Health Alliance.

Log in to Your Health Alliance to find a covered doctor, or start searching for doctors in our network.

Breastfeeding Your Newborn

World Breastfeeding Week

It’s World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month. Do you know the benefits?

The health benefits apply to mothers and their babies in both developed and developing countries.

Two month old baby sleeping


Breast milk is perfectly suited for a baby’s nutritional needs, and the process helps mothers and babies bond.

It’s also unmatched in its immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties that protect mothers and babies from many illnesses.



Formula feeding increases the risk of common childhood infections and some rare but serious infections and diseases, like leukemia.

Shot of an attractive young woman bonding with her baby girl while doing yoga


The risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is 56% higher for babies who were never breastfed.



Mothers who never breastfed are also at a higher risk for certain health issues, like breast and ovarian cancer.



The U.S. is one of only 3 countries in the world without a guaranteed maternity leave, which can be important for breastfeeding moms.