Friday, June 24, 2011

Myth: Modern formulas are almost the same as breast milk.

Answer: Busted!

Mother breastfeeding baby
Both breast milk and infant formula will help your baby grow. However, breast milk is the best first food for babies, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Breast milk gives your baby more than just good nutrition. It also provides important substances to fight infection. Deciding to breastfeed can give your baby the best possible start in life. Breastfeeding benefits you and your baby in many ways. It provides warmth and closeness. The physical contact helps create a special bond between you and your baby.

For more information, see the breastfeeding benefits article on the MissouriFamilies website.

Contributor: Damaris Karanja, MA, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, St. Louis County, University of Missouri Extension,

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