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How Much Do You Know About Breastfeeding?

1.   How does breastfeeding benefit babies’ health?

a.   Reduces risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

b.   Reduces risk for certain childhood cancers

c.   Reduces risk for heart defects

d.   A and B


2.   How does breastfeeding benefit mothers?

a.   Increases emotional connection with baby

b.   Reduces risk for breast and ovarian cancer

c.   Speeds recovery from childbirth

d.   All the above


3.   What can women do to prevent sore nipples when breastfeeding?

a.   Limit the time their babies breastfeed

b.   Change nursing positions often

c.   Let their nipples air-dry

d.   B and C


4.   How often should babies be breastfed?

a.   Whenever they’re hungry

b.   Every hour

c.   Every two hours

d.   Every four hours


5.   How long should babies breastfeed?

a.   Until they’ve had enough

b.   One hour

c.   30 minutes

d.   Five minutes


6.   What are some signs that a baby is being fed enough?

a.   The baby is gaining weight consistently

b.   The baby gains a pound per week

c.   The baby has six to eight wet diapers every day

d.   A and C


7.   What foods should a breastfeeding woman eat every day?

a.   Whole-grain foods

b.   Plenty of fluids

c.   Low-fat milk or calcium-rich dairy foods

d.   All the above


8.   What substances should a breastfeeding woman avoid?

a.   Any medications that her doctor has not approved

b.   Alcohol and caffeine in excess

c.   Tobacco

d.   All the above


9.   What are the benefits of breastfeeding during a natural disaster or emergency?

a.   Breast milk protects babies against some illnesses

b.   Breast milk is readily available

c.   Breast milk protects babies from potentially contaminated water needed to mix formula

d.   All the above


10.  How does breastfeeding benefit society?

a.   Reduced plastic waste compared to bottle feeding

b.   Lower health care costs

c.   More child care workers hired

d.   A and B



1.   D—A AND B. It also reduces infants’ risk for ear infections, diarrhea, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, and some types of spinal meningitis.

2.   D—ALL THE ABOVE. Some studies indicate breastfeeding also reduces mothers’ risks for diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

3.   D—B AND C. They should also avoid using soaps and lotions that contain alcohol.

4.   A—WHENEVER THEY’RE HUNGRY. Babies need to be fed about eight to 12 times a day.

5.   A—UNTIL THEY’VE HAD ENOUGH. About 15 to 20 minutes on each breast may be enough.

6.   D—A AND C.




10. D—A AND B.