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In return for sweet smiles and abundant cuteness, babies ask only for love, affection, the right to be awake when you want to sleep and nourishment. What form that nourishment takes is up to you.
New mothers who are unable to breastfeed should not feel guilty because formula is an effective way to feed your baby and ensure he or she receives proper nutrition. But, the health benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and baby are many and exclusive breastfeeding for the first few months of a baby’s life is recommended. New moms should take note that many of the same benefits of breastfeeding can be achieved through a combination of breastfeeding and supplementing with formula.
Ann Borders, MD, and Emmet Hirsch, MD, Obsectrics/Gynecology at NorthShore, share some of the valuable health benefits of breastfeeding:
Did you breastfeed? What were the advantages/disadvantages for you? Get more advice on breastfeeding from Dr. Ann Borders.