Breastfeeding

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Make an Informed Decision about Feeding Your Baby

How you feed your baby will be one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent. This information can help you make an informed decision and be on your way to give your baby a healthy start.

BreastfeedingInfant Formula

Breast milk will help protect your baby from:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Ear infections
  • Bowel disease
  • SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
  • Coughs and colds
  • Some childhood cancers
  • Diabetes
  • The effects of toxins in the environment

 

Breastfeeding will help protect you from:

  • Breast cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Ovarian cancer

Breastfeeding promotes closeness and bonding of mom and baby.

Infant formula:

  • Does not change to meet your baby's growing needs
  • Does not protect your baby from infections and diarrhea
  • Is not sterile (powdered form)
  • Is not recommended for babies less than two months of age (powdered form)

 

Challenges with infant formula include:

  • Extra time is needed to sterilize equipment
  • Mistakes can be made during preparation

If you have made an informed decision to give your baby infant formula and need more information please visit our site about infant formula.