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Health Benefits

Breastfeeding is one of the healthiest choices you can make for you and your baby. It’s normal to have many questions related to breastfeeding. Our doctors and nurses are here to support you.

 

At birth, nature provides the sole source of nutrition needed for a baby. Breast milk is a unique combination of nutrients essential to a child's health and cannot be duplicated by any laboratory formula. It provides a number of health advantages beginning at birth and continuing throughout a child's and mother's life. Breastfed infants are more resistant to ear infections, respiratory illnesses such as RSV, and diarrheal illnesses.  Breast milk delays the onset of asthma, eczema, and allergies. it protects against pediatric obesity, diabetes, and other autoimmune diseases. The relationship between mother and child is rooted in the interactions of breastfeeding. This feeling sets the health and psychological foundation for both mother and child for years to come. Breastfeeding helps mother lose weight after birth, helps the uterus return to its normal size more quickly, lowers maternal risk of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer.  

 

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that U.S. mothers breastfeed for the first year of a child's life and continue until they both feel they are ready to stop. In the first six months, the baby should be nourished exclusively by breast milk. The slow introduction of iron-enriched foods may complement the breastfeeding in the second half of the first year. When a mother is unable to breastfeed, we recommend using a proper infant formula with introduction of iron-fortified foods at 6 months of life. We'll guide you through the progression of foods at each checkup.

Local Resources
  • La Leche League of North Mississippi

  • Baptist Hospital Breastfeeding Resource Center Melinda Lipe, RN, IBCLC 

  • WIC Lafayette County Health Dept. 101 Veteran's Dr. Oxford, MS Allison Doyle Lactation specialist (662) 832-4860

  • The Lactation Station 21 Shackelford Rd. Oxford, MS  Jennifer Yancy (662) 816-8020

  • Kathy Shoalmire, IBCLC (662) 801-6695.

  • MS Lactation Services 1851 Crane Ridge Dr. Jackson, MS Dr. Christina Glick, M.D., IBCLC, FAAP (601) 932-6455

La Leche League was founded to give information and encouragement, mainly through personal help, to all mothers who want to breastfeed their babies. The mission of La Leche League is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother. Visit La Leche League for more information.

Kellymom.com is a great online resource. Dr. Newman's videos and handouts can be found at

BreastFeeding Inc.

Breastfeeding is different for every mom and child, and we're here to answer your questions. We're proud to offer comprehensive lactation support services right in our clinic. And, since each of our providers breastfed their own children, our support and experience goes beyond handing textbooks. If you are unable or choose not to breastfeed, we'll be here for all of your child's nutrition needs.

Breastfeeding