Deciding to breastfeed your baby
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 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 may 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 more quickly
- Because breastfeeding burns calories, women may lose pregnancy weight more easily
- Breastfeeding can help decrease your risk of developing certain cancers
such as breast and ovarian 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 for both expectant and nursing
moms. The group meets twice a month at Southwest General.
For more information about breastfeeding services at Southwest General
call the Lactation Line at