Though breastfeeding is considered a natural way to feed a newborn, it may not always come naturally. Both mother and baby may take some time to learn what works best. Continuing a longstanding commitment to caring for women and their families, Northwestern Medicine caregivers provide new mothers with resources and support for breastfeeding, including classes, the most up-to-date educational materials and access to lactation consultants who are internationally board-certified.
Feeding your baby
Deciding how you'll feed your baby is an important choice only you can make. Specialists agree breastfeeding is best for baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics identifies breastfeeding as the "ideal method of feeding and nurturing infants."
Research shows human milk for babies provides many advantages for general health, growth and development. It also decreases the risk for certain infections and diseases. Ideally, your baby should have only breast milk for the first six months. It is best to continue breastfeeding for at least one year.