Navigating one of the most common early anxieties of motherhood – breastfeeding – is a unique experience for everyone. While some experience more challenges than others, there’s no question that breast milk is the best source of nutrition for babies.
“It’s the best gift you can ever give your baby,” said Dr. Ann Pittoni-Condon, a pediatrician at Novant Health Pediatrics Denver. (Most parents know her as Dr. Annie Condon, so we’ll refer to her as that.)
Evidence shows breastfed babies have a decreased incidence of asthma, leukemia, diabetes, ear and upper respiratory infections, pneumonia, atopic dermatitis (eczema), celiac disease, childhood obesity, and other conditions.
“Breastfed babies also have improved dental health, increased neurodevelopmental outcomes, and a lot of studies have actually shown that breastfed babies have a higher IQ than those who are fed formula. So, it really is important that moms understand that breast is best,” Condon said.
Breastfeeding is also a gift for mom. Research confirms women who breastfeed are at a decreased risk of high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, as well as cancers such as breast, endometrial, and thyroid.
Novant Health’s prestigious designation as a Baby-Friendly USA hospital demonstrates its commitment to supporting all families in their breastfeeding journey. Have questions? The Latch On podcast series is a great place to get started.