Benefits of Exclusive Breastfeeding
Benefits of Exclusive Breastfeeding:
Potential Complications Associate with Formula Feeding:
- Increased incidence of asthma, ear infections, soy and cow’s milk allergies, obesity and necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)
- Alterations in bowel pH causing diarrhea and gastrointestinal infections
- Sensitivity to soy or cow’s milk protein
- Formula supplements delay milk “coming in” and can decrease supply
- Nipple confusion – infant may have difficulty latching after bottle feedings
The American Academy of Pediatrics, The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, The World Health Organization,UNICEF and staff at CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth do not recommend the use of formula or artificial nipples unless there is a medical indication. If short term supplementation is necessary we strongly recommend using an alternative feeding method such as in a cup or a syringe. It is strongly encouraged to limit supplementation amount depending on infant’s day of life. If supplementation is medically necessary, your newborn nurse will guide you in this process. We strongly encourage you to avoid using pacifiers or bottles for four weeks. We want your breastfeeding experience to be successful. New mothers with breastfeeding questions can call our Breastfeeding Warmline at 409-899-8595 or toll-free 1-800-810-2829.
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