The Benefits of Breastfeeding

By , January 29th, 2014 | Infant Care, Parenting, Pregnancy, The Lactation Connection | 4 Comments

Jean Hixon, Robin Hollen and Ann Franz
Lactation Consultants, Renown Children’s Hospital

If you are pregnant, you may be asking yourself if you want to breastfeed your baby. There are many benefits to breastfeeding. Here are some facts, backed by the American Academy of Pediatrics that might help you make up your mind.

Human milk is uniquely superior for infants. Your body makes milk specifically for your baby and changes as your baby grows. Breast milk provides complete nutrition for your baby for the first six months.

Research has shown that breast milk also contains numerous antibodies and immune factors that make your baby more resistant to illnesses such as ear infections, diarrhea, bacterial meningitis, and respiratory and urinary tract infections.

There are health and wellness benefits for mothers, too. Among other positive effects, women who breastfeed lose weight quicker, have a lower risk of breast and ovarian cancer later in life, and may even have less of a problem with osteoporosis and hip fractures.

Breastfeeding is convenient and economic, too. The cost of buying formula can add up quickly, and with breastfeeding, there are no bottles to carry around and clean. And when your baby is hungry, he or she won’t have to wait until you warm up a bottle to be fed.

For more information on breastfeeding, including a variety of breastfeeding frequently asked questions, visit the Renown Children’s Hospital online resource library on

4 comments so far

  • Kara Says: November 7, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    It’s simply not true that breastfeeding confers benefits. The truth is that not-breastfeeding involves running RISKS, for the child – both as a baby and as an adult – and for the mother.

  • Tami Funk Says: May 31, 2012 at 10:31 am

    My one month old will not latch on…. I breast fed all three of my other children with NO problems but do to certain cirumstances this new baby was given bottles of formula right after birth so I never got the chance to start him on the breast like the others, however I have been pumping and giving him formula at night only… My problem is that recently it seems as if maybe I am drying out I went from 5 to 6 ounces from each breast every few hours to maybe 5 ounces out of both breast twice a day… Is there anything I can do to keep my milk coming?

    • Renown Scribbles Says: May 31, 2012 at 11:07 am

      Hi Tami. Thank you for your comment. We’ll forward this to Jean, Robin and Ann and respond with their answer shortly.

    • Renown Scribbles Says: June 1, 2012 at 10:01 am

      Hi Tami. Here is Robin Hollen’s response to your question:

      Dear Tami,
      How frustrating this must be after breastfeeding three other children. Good for you for pumping. Supply is based on stimulation (demand) and emptying. Frequency, (eight times in 24 hours) is critical to maintaining a supply when a baby is not accessing the breast directly. A hospital grade pump is recommended for moms who are exclusively pumping. The Boutique at The Shops at Renown rents these pumps. I’m sure you are busy with four children, but attending a breastfeeding support group may give you some valuable suggestions from other moms who have had similar challenges. Renown Children’s Hospital has groups that meet every Tuesday at 4pm at Renown South Meadows Medical Center in the Capri Room and Thursday at 11am at Renown Regional Medical Center on The Baby & Family Suites floor located on the 3rd floor of the Sierra Tower. You may also find seeking the advice of a Board Certified Lactation Consultant in private practice to provide a specific plan for your situation would be of benefit to you.


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