LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) - Deciding whether to breastfeed is a decision all parents have to make. but not all parents are aware of the long-term benefits associated with breastfeeding.
Laredo Health Department Director Hector Gonzalez says it is vital to a babies early development.
"Babies that are breastfed are less obese and healthier, it provides immunity and in the first 2 weeks, baby relies on the mother's immunity and is building their own. They don't start vaccinating until they're 2 months and by breastfeeding, the baby builds immunity."
Breastfeeding also helps develop a special bond between mother and child.
Birginia Iruegas has two twin daughters.
"I would never imagine I would have twins and now that they're here I'm very happy to be able to provide breast milk for them. I definitely see a connection."
First time moms often find breastfeeding to be a challenge.
Nora Martinez is a board certified lactation counselor.
"It has to do with positioning. Holding a baby has a technique. You have to hold them a way where the babies mouth has to be centered on the breast."
The health department recommends breastfeeding for at least the first year.
"I recommend all parents breastfeed because they grow up strong and hardly get sick. Breastfeeding is the best."