Importance of Breastfeeding
A message from our Obstetricians and Pediatricians:
Mothers: please consider breastfeeding your baby
- Breast milk is a nutritious, easily-digested, balanced food for your baby, and is produced naturally by your body.
- Breastfeeding can save you $2,000 a year in formula costs.
- Breastfeeding may reduce your baby's risk of SIDS, ear infections, stomach virus, asthma and diabetes.
- Breastfeeding may help you return to pre-pregnancy weight
- Breastfeeding for a longer duration may reduce life time breast cancer risks for the mother
- Except in rare cases, breastfeeding can continue despite a mother's returning to work, being ill, or taking medication.
- Breastfeeding takes practice; don't hesitate to ask for help.
For more information, ask your obstetrician or pediatrician, or visit http://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/.
National Breastfeeding Helpline: Talk with a trained breastfeeding peer counselor in English or Spanish. Call 800-994-9662 (TDD 888-220-5446) for support!
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