Did you know that August is National Breastfeeding Awareness month? Gunnison Valley Hospital doctors and nurses encourage you to give your baby the best possible start in life by breastfeeding. Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for infants to grow. Also, research shows that babies who are exclusively breastfed for six months are less likely to develop chronic illness, experience SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) and suffer from asthma. There are benefits for mothers too – breastfeeding burns extra calories and releases the hormone oxytocin which both help your body return to its pre-pregnancy weight faster.