Feeding Your Newborn
There are two options for feeding your newborn; breast milk and formula feeding. We support your choice and are here to provide any advice and instruction you may need.
If you decide to breast feed, it is important that you understand that successful breast feeding is the combined result of practice, patience and proper technique. Early breast feeding sessions are important as mother and baby work together to establish nursing patterns that will become routine.
Unless a medical condition prevents it, breast feeding should begin as soon as possible after the birth of your baby. Early initiation of breast feeding begins the important cycle of supply and demand and allows the baby to receive the benefits of colostrum, the first milk available to the baby. Colostrum is a highly concentrated food that is high in protein and low in sugar and fat and is easily digested. It contains some special properties that are capable of attacking harmful bacteria; it acts to seal the lining of the baby’s intestine and provides the baby with increased levels of antibodies from the mother.
There are a variety of options for formula feeding your baby; talk to your pediatrician and decide which one is best for you and your infant.