Advantages of Breastfeeding

The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American College of Nurse-Midwives all agree that breastfeeding is the preferred method of feeding your baby. The following is a list of the advantages of breastfeeding.

  • It's the most complete and balanced nutrition for an infant, and has no artificial ingredients. Breast milk is easier than formula for your baby to digest.
  • Gives baby protective antibodies — helps prevent ear infections, respiratory infections, diarrhea, and urinary tract infections.
  • Decreases your baby's risk of obesity, allergies, asthma, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, SIDS, Hodgkin's disease, leukemia, and diabetes.
  • There is some evidence that breastfeeding may increase your baby's IQ scores.
  • Reduces mom's risk of breast and ovarian cancer, and possibly diabetes and osteoporosis.
  • Helps your uterus get back into shape and helps decrease postpartum blood loss.
  • You can eat an extra 500 calories per day while losing weight.
  • Provides intimate bonding experiences (skin to skin contact) and a time for mom to relax.
  • It's convenient — the milk is always warm and ready for use, and there are no bottles to be washed.
  • Much less expensive than formula (the cost of formula is approximately $1000/year).

Breastfeeding takes time and patience, and not all women choose or are able to do so. The doctors and nurses in this practice are committed to assisting those who desire to breastfeed. In addition, the following resources are recommended. 

  • Emory University Hospital Midtown Lactation Center — 404-686-2883
  • Prenatal class: Breastfeeding Your Newborn — call 404-778-7777 to register
  • La Leche League — 1-800-LA-LECHE or visit La Leche League Web site
  • "The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers" by Dr. Jack Newman

    For those who choose not to breastfeed or are unable to do so, we will be happy to answer questions about bottlefeeding your baby as well.