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Why Breastfeed?

Breastfeeding is described as the “gold standard” or best form of nutrition for infants to grow healthy and strong. It provides frequent skin-to-skin time with mom that is both calming and comforting for a baby.

Breastfeeding helps develop the immune system so infants have:

  • Less ear infections
  • Less severe infections of the intestines
  • Less urinary tract infections
  • Less respiratory tract infections
  • Fewer allergies
  • Fewer episodes of diarrhea

Breastfeeding leads to decreased risk later in life:

  • Less childhood obesity
  • Less diabetes (type 1 and type 2)
  • Less asthma

For mothers who breastfeed, benefits include faster recovery (uterus shrinks faster) and:

  • Less post-birth bleeding
  • Less anemia
  • Quicker postpartum weight loss
  • Lower rates of osteoporosis, ovarian cancer and breast cancer

If you choose to breastfeed your baby, our Family Birth Center nurses are here to help.  All of our nurses are knowledgeable with breastfeeding basics. To help you prepare for breastfeeding, we offer a Breastfeeding Basics class you can take prior to your stay in the hospital.

Breastfeeding Your Baby

Listen to Michelle Gnagey, IBCLC, Lactation Consultant, in her own words. Press play below or read the video transcript.

Other Resources

View articles from our online library for more information about breastfeeding: