Baby Feeding

  • Breast milk is superior to any formula manufactured for infants and breast milk is the ideal food for helping your baby grow. Breast milk helps your baby's nervous system and brain development.

  • Breastfeeding can be challenging at first, but is the most convenient way to feed your baby after the initial learning period.

  • Your baby will begin nursing shortly after birth. Our lactation consultants and nurses will help you. Feed your baby on demand, feeding your baby as much as he or she wants. Avoid bottles and pacifiers until baby is an accomplished breastfeeder.

  • You can breastfeed after you return to work. Your breast milk helps protect your baby while he or she is away from you. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies get their mother's milk for the first one to two years of life, and then as long as mutually desired by mother and baby.

  • This is a precious time that you have with your baby to give your milk which will help your child throughout their life.

  • Breast milk is healthier for mothers and babies than formula. Formula carries health risks, such as higher risks of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), childhood cancers, and digestive disorders. The mother is at higher risk for osteoporosis and breast and uterine cancers if her baby is formula-fed.

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