A Few Words on Infant Feeding

Breastfeeding

We encourage mothers to breastfeed their babies. We have developed our staff and breastfeeding support services to work in harmony with the American Academy of Pediatrics revised Policy Statement (February 2005), “Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk.” Our goal is to help our community understand the importance of breastfeeding and to serve as a support team and resource to any new mother choosing to breastfeed.

Why Breastfeeding is Best for Your Baby

  • Breast milk is the perfect food for the human baby the first year of life.
  • Breast milk is easy for the baby to digest.
  • Breast milk is full of substances that offer infection protection to the newborn.
  • Breastfed babies have fewer ear infections.
  • Breastfed babies have a lower rate of childhood leukemia.
  • Breastfed babies have a lower rate of diabetes.

Why Breastfeeding is Healthier for Moms

  • Women who breastfeed have a lower risk of osteoporosis.
  • Women who breastfeed have a lower rate of breast cancer.
  • Women who breastfeed have a lower risk of ovarian and uterine cancer.
  • Breastfeeding is easy: there is no formula to mix and no bottles to fix.
  • Breastfeeding saves money. (Formula for 1year = $1,200 - $,2400)
  • Breastfeeding helps the uterus to contract after baby is born.

Southeast Georgia Health System has many resources to help you breastfeed. Please ask your nurse or childbirth instructor about them.

Formula Feeding

We realize that not all mothers will choose to breastfeed or will not breastfeed for the entire first year of life. For formula feeding mothers, we encourage you to talk with your baby’s doctor about choosing the right formula. Also, we want you to remember:

  • Formula comes as powder, concentrated or ready-to-feed.
  • Powdered formula is the least expensive; ready-to-feed the most expensive.
  • Whichever type used, follow the mixing instructions to-the-letter. Formula that is too concentrated or too diluted will keep your baby from growing properly.
  • Do not add anything, even more or less water to a bottle.
  • Wash your hands right before starting to prepare formula.
  • Wash and dry the top of a liquid formula container before opening.
  • Check the expiration date of each container before opening.
  • Using warm, soapy water, wash bottles and nipples. Use a bottle/nipple brush. Rinse bottles well before adding formula.
  • Squeeze clear water through the opening of a nipple when rinsing.
  • Store opened cans of liquid formula,covered with foil or plastic wrap, in the refrigerator no longer than 48 hours.
  • Use a fresh bottle with each feeding and use within one hour of opening. Do not save a partially used bottle for the next feeding!
  • Hold your baby when feeding. NEVER, NEVER prop a bottle. Baby can choke!
  • When feeding, keep the bottle tipped so the nipple is filled with formula, not air.
  • Burp your baby following every ½  to 1 ounce of formula taken, especially the first few weeks.