Breastfeeding Breastfeeding isn’t always easy or possible for all women, but if you’re able to—even for a short time—you’ll provide your newborn with all the nutrition it needs during its first six months. Good for baby Breast milk is the most complete form of nutrition for infants’ growth and development. Most babies find it easier to digest breast milk over formula. Good for mother Breastfeeding helps the uterus get back to its original size and lessens bleeding after birth. It lowers the risk of breast and ovarian cancers. It eliminates the time and money you would spend purchasing and preparing formula. The skin-to-skin contact of breastfeeding is important to help a mother and baby bond. Good for society Total medical care costs for the nation are lower for fully-breastfed infants than never-breastfed infants. They typically need fewer sick care visits, prescriptions and hospitalizations. It’s good for the environment. Formula cans and bottle supplies produce trash and plastic waste. Breast infections If you notice a hot, reddened or tender area of your breast, you may have a plugged duct. This can happen when you’re making breast milk faster than it’s getting expressed. It’s important you seek medical attention, so the infection doesn’t progress to mastitis. Mastitis symptoms are flu-like and include fatigue, muscle aches, chills, shivering and a fever. If you plan to breastfeed your baby, let your Gentle Beginnings midwife know. Inspira Medical Center Elmer has lactation consultants and nurses that can help new moms with breastfeeding resources to help them not only provide optimal nutrition, but also bond with their babies. If you have any questions about breastfeeding or think you may have a breast infection, call your local office below. Inspira Medical Center Woodbury also offers a confidential breastfeeding support “Warmline” where mothers with breastfeeding problems or questions can call: (856) 853-2074 Locations: Elmer Office: 389 Harding Highway, Suite 1 Elmer, NJ 08318 Get Directions (856) 358-1100 Haddon Heights Office 708 Station Avenue Haddon Heights, NJ 08035 Get Directions (856) 265-0200 Follow us on social media!