Feeding Your Baby

Breastfeeding is the optimal way to feed your baby. Just as a mother is capable of nourishing her baby for months in the womb, she is also capable of completely nourishing her baby at the breast. Breast milk is the ideal food for your baby.

Your breast milk is suited to your baby. It is always available at the right temperature, doesn't need any mixing or equipment, and costs very little. By choosing to breastfeed, you are helping protect your baby from common early childhood illnesses such as colds, ear infections, and diarrhea, especially during the early weeks and months of her life.

The ideal goal is to breastfeed for at least the first year, but your baby will benefit from whatever amount of breast milk she receives.

Keep in mind that you should breastfeed without introducing a bottle or pacifier for at least 3 to 4 weeks to assure that breastfeeding is well established. I recommend that you continue to breastfeed your baby for as long as you can. If possible, continue to feed your baby your breast milk until her first birthday.

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