You are a new mother or are anticipating the birth of your child. As you prepare for your baby's arrival, there may be many questions you may have. One might be: Should I breastfeed?
Here are some points to consider when deciding to breastfeed or bottle-feed.
Women who breastfeed their babies experience the following health benefits:
Both parents will likely appreciate the convenience of breastfeeding, including:
If you are unsure as to whether you want to breastfeed, you can try it for a few weeks and switch if it does not work out. Any amount of breastfeeding is beneficial for the baby. Once bottlefeeding is started, though, it is difficult to switch back to the breast.
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Last reviewed December 2016 by Michael Woods, MD, FAAP Last Updated: 12/14/2016