Our certified lactation specialists are available for one-on-one breastfeeding support during your hospital stay and even after you go home.
Breastfed babies need to eat at least one-and-a-half to every three hours, or more frequently as your baby demands. The first feeding ideally takes place as soon as possible after birth. Because your milk supply is being established, it is best for you to nurse your baby at all feedings. Having your baby in the room with you as much as possible lets you readily nurse your baby when he or she first becomes hungry.
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. Breastfeeding has the following advantages for both your baby and you:
- 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.
- It gives baby protective antibodies that help prevent ear infections, respiratory infections, diarrhea and urinary tract infections.
- It 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.
- It reduces your risk of breast and ovarian cancer, and possibly diabetes and osteoporosis.
- It 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.
- It provides intimate bonding experiences (skin-to-skin contact) and a time for you to relax.
- It's convenient. The milk is always warm and ready for use, and there are no bottles to wash.
- It's much less expensive than formula (the cost of formula is approximately $1,000/year).
Breastfeeding takes time and patience, and not all women choose to or are able to do so. The doctors and nurses at Emory Healthcare are committed to assisting you if you want to breastfeed your baby. 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 website)
- "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 bottle-feeding your baby as well.
Emory Johns Creek Hospital offers breastfeeding support classes [EJCH Maternity Center Locations page] every third Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon. Meet with a board-certified lactation specialist and other mothers and new babies. No RSVP is necessary. Walk-ins welcome.
Emory University Hospital Midtown offers prenatal breastfeeding classes [EUHM Maternity Center Locations page]. A prenatal consultation with our lactation specialist is available if you or your doctor think you need one. Call our breastfeeding support services at 404-686-2883 for answers to any questions regarding breastfeeding.
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