National Breastfeeding Awareness Month
GAINESVILLE-- Having a baby is a joyous moment for many parents.. but with a baby comes many decisions.. what should its name be, what color room, but something very important to decide is whether to breastfeed or bottlefeed.
I sat down with a doctor and a new mother at UF Health that says breast feeding is the natural way to go.
(Kristen Strong, Mother) " the bonding is very important"
This is Kristen Strong and her new baby girl.
She was born on August 4th a healthy 5 pounds 8 ounces and this baby also has a healthy appetite.
For strong it wasnt even a question of whether she was going to breastfeed.
In fact she even has a certificate to prove it.
(Kristen Strong) " Ive always known since i was a little girl, i watched my sisters breastfeed and do the natural thing and im like oh im going to do that too.
For most mothers the decision of whether or not they are going to breast feed is decided before the birth.
Some of the biggest questions from new mothers are is my child going to get the same nutrients from formula as they would from breast milk?
(Dr. Susan Sullivan, Neonatologist) " both formulas and breast milk have them, they have them in different levels, btu the way they are conformed in breast milk are the way the intestines are supposed to ingest them.
Breast feeding can prevent a child from having ear infections to helping prevent childhood obesity.
Like Strong said the bonding of breast feeding is very important between mother and child.
It allows a mother to communicate to the baby with no words.
(Dr. Susan Sullivan, Neonatologist) " kind of understand whats going on in your baby a little bit differently than when youre holding a baby and feeding them."
The bonding the mother has while breastfeeding can also prevent trauma in the future.
(Dr. Susan Sullivan, Neonatologist) " theres less child abuse in kids who are breast feed versus those who are formula fed."
The amount of time a woman should breast feed is on case by case basis.
It can be anywhere from a few weeks to a few years.
Theres quite a few things to learn before you start.
Strong has a piece of advice for new mothers.
(Kristen Strong) " do the research, and know youre doing whats best for your baby our breast our there to feed our children no other purpose."
But mothers should be aware that sometimes breastfeeding can hurt but that not stopping strong.
(Kristen Strong) " even though it hurts im still doing it, im not giving up."
If you are unsure about breastfeeding the best thing to do is ask questions, especially before the baby is born.
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