The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and World Health Organization (WHO) both recommend breastfeeding, if possible. Breast milk is full of nutrients and infection-fighting proteins that are passed on from Mom.
But, the benefits are not limited to nutrition...breastfeeding also provides "bonding time" for the mom and baby, and reduces Mom's risk of breast and ovarian cancer1. However, some diseases can be spread through breastmilk, therefore it is important to tell the doctor immediately if Mom has an infection such as Hepatitis or HIV, along with all of the medications the mother is taking, to ensure breastfeeding is appropriate.New parents often have many questions regarding feeding the newest member of their family. Below are some tips to answer some of the more often asked questions. If you have any specific concerns, be sure to discuss with your pediatrician.
Breastfeeding provides "bonding time" for the mom and baby, and reduces Mom's risk of breast and ovarian cancer.