Breast Feeding

Breast Feeding

 

When expecting a child, one of the many decisions a parent faces is how to best feed their child. While the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants be breast fed exclusively for the first 6 months of life, we understand that for some mothers breast feeding may not be an option, and many other mothers may be unsure whether to choose formula or breast milk. We understand this uncertainty and are here to answer any questions you may have. If you do have questions, or would like to speak to one of our nurses or providers, do not hesitate to call us!

 

Why Breast Milk is Important

 

Breast milk is the perfect food for infants. Each mother’s milk has been specifically made for their child.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breast feeding the infant exclusively for 6 months.

 

Studies have shown that infants that were breast feed had a lower risk of allergies, SIDS, ear infections and more. Not only is breast milk free but it is much easier for your child to digest. Breastfeeding is not only beneficial for the baby but mom as well.For the mothers breastfeeding, studies have found that women who breastfed have a lower risk of breast and ovarian cancer later in life.

 

A decision-making tool for the undecided parent can be found HERE. You can print your results and bring this to the office so we can discuss your particular situation further!

 

For more information regarding breastfeeding please visit the links below.

 

www.womenshealth.gov

www.lalecheleague.org

www.cdc.gov

 

 

 Formula

 

Whether you’ve decided to formula feed your baby from the start, are supplementing your breast milk with formula, or are switching from breast milk to formula, you’re bound to have questions. Here are answers to some common questions about formula feeding. We’ve all seen that that jam-packed formula aisle in the store.

 

To help you decide which formula to pick, ask your doctor about which might be best for your baby. Whatever kind you choose, make sure to check the expiration date on all cans and bottles of formula, and don’t use formula from leaky, dented, or otherwise damaged containers.

 

To learn more on formula use the links below as resources. Remember that we are always just a phone cal away. Give us a call or schedule an appointment if you would like to talk about formula or breastfeeding.

 

kidshealth.org

 

www.pamf.org

 

Infantformula.org