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A New Mother's Guide to Breastfeeding

Last updated 4 years ago

Breastfeeding holds many benefits for your newborn baby. Your breast milk is a perfectly designed diet that will help your child develop and grow. If you have more questions about breastfeeding or care for your newest family member, talk to your St. Petersburg nurse-midwife for personalized answers and care.

The Benefits of Breastfeeding

Breast milk is the normal food for a newborn baby. Studies have shown that breast milk contains disease-fighting antibodies that can protect your child from diseases both today and in the future. Breast milk is also easier to digest than baby formula and naturally changes as your baby grows to provide exactly the nutrition he needs at every stage in his development. Breastfeeding is also the perfect time for you and your baby to develop a bond that will last a lifetime. Choosing to breastfeed can also save you money by not having to buy formula. 

The Challenges of Breastfeeding

It’s important for new mothers to remember that breastfeeding is a skill that must be learned and perfected. At first, you and your baby are both learning the best methods that work for you, so you may need to try a few different approaches and positions before you are both comfortable. The lactation consultants are here to guide and teach you what to do, with intense one on one help if you need it. If you are having trouble breastfeeding for any reason, contact your nurse-midwife or hospital lactation consultant. They will be happy to help you at any time, even if you have already been discharged from the hospital.

Are you expecting a new addition to your family in St. Petersburg? We invite you to check out the labor and birth accommodations available at St. Petersburg General Hospital. From prenatal to postpartum and newborn care, we are here to provide you with the help and support you need. You can contact us by calling (888) 741-5122 or by clicking on our Web contact form.


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