Research has shown that breastfeeding is recognized as the best source of nutrition for most infants. In 2007, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) published a summary of systematic reviews and meta-analyses on breastfeeding and maternal and infant health outcomes in developed countries. The AHRQ report reaffirmed the health benefits of breastfeeding and the health risks associated with formula feeding and early weaning from breastfeeding. Infants who are not breastfed experience more episodes of diarrhea, ear infections, and lower respiratory tract infections and are at higher risk of sudden infant death syndrome, diabetes, and obesity. Breastfeeding also helps protect mothers from breast and ovarian cancer.
New moms need support and information when learning to breastfeed. Ask your pediatrician about our breastfeeding program, you will be scheduled with one of our providers who are also certified lactation consultants (a health professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding) for a one on one breastfeeding appointment to help you and your baby with all of the needed techniques, information, and resources needed to be successful with breastfeeding.