Why Many Mothers Choose to Breastfeed
- Breast milk is natural, economical and convenient.
- Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for the first six months of life.
- It contains appropriate amounts of carbohydrates, proteins and fats, and provides digestive enzymes, minerals, vitamins and hormones that infants require.
- Breast milk contains antibodies that decrease the chance of infection and illness in your newborn.
- Breastfeeding provides an opportunity for you to nurture your baby through close physical contact.
- Breastfeeding generally promotes faster recovery for the mother.
Experts agree that breastfeeding your baby for any length of time, regardless of how short, is of benefit to you and your baby. Read more about the benefits of breastfeeding.
While most health care professionals, including the American Academy of Pediatricians and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners, recommend breastfeeding for your baby's first year, we are committed to supporting your choices about feeding your new baby.
What New Moms Should Know about Breastfeeding
While breastfeeding is often a positive and rewarding experience for mothers, it may also be challenging or difficult—particularly at first. A breastfeeding mother should continue to take care of her baby and herself as she did during her pregnancy. See tips about a new mom's nutritional needs while breastfeeding.
Help for Breastfeeding Moms
Avista’s lactation consultants are well recognized as some of the area’s best—and are highly sought out even by moms who delivered at a different hospital. As a breastfeeding mother, you have access to our lactation consultants for support and education before your delivery, while in the hospital and after you go home. Consultants are available for breastfeeding support seven days a week either by phone or for personal one-on-one appointments. If you have questions about breastfeeding support or want to schedule a consultation, call 303-673-1088.