According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), breastfeeding and human milk are the normative standards for infant feeding and nutrition. Given the documented short- and long-term medical and neurodevelopmental advantages of breastfeeding, infant nutrition should be considered a public health issue and not only a lifestyle choice.
Research continues to demonstrate that breastfeeding has unique benefits to mother and baby and that there are risks to feeding formula. Healthy People 2020, a program from the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, has established objectives for increasing the number of mothers who successfully breastfeed. So, with all the many benefits of human milk for human babies, is there any reason why you won’t be breastfeeding your new baby?
Every nurse on the Maternity Unit is specially trained to be able to assist you to successfully feed your baby. Our staff of Lactation Consultants is also available on a daily basis. If you have, after careful consideration of the risks and benefits, decided to feed formula, or cannot breastfeed for any reason, you will be taught how to do this safely.
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