Deciding to breastfeed your infant
Some women are on the fence about whether or not to breastfeed their newborn--and the choice is entirely up to you. Consider some of the following points when making your decision:
Breastfeeding helps develop the deep emotional bond between a mother and her baby.
Breast milk is the best food for your baby. It contains just the right combination of nutrients and, therefore, is easily digested by your infant (meaning less gas and burping). Also, it is free and requires no preparation as it is always fresh, clean and the right temperature for your baby.
Breastfed babies have proved to have fewer allergies and ear infections. Breastfeeding also may lower the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Breastfeeding helps the uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size quicker.
Because breastfeeding burns calories, women may lose pregnancy weight more easily.
Breastfeeding can help decrease your risk of developing certain cancers such as breast, ovarian and uterine cancers.
If you are considering breastfeeding, Southwest General's lactation consultants are available, one-on-one at varied schedules, for basic information and answers to questions before and after delivery. Additionally, a mothers' support group is available to expectant and nursing moms. The group meets twice a month at the hospital. Call the Lactation Line for a list of dates and room locations.
We Look Forward to Helping You
For more information about breastfeeding, call Southwest General's Lactation Line at 440-816-8397, weekdays.