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Make an Informed Decision about Feeding Your Baby

To make an informed decision about feeding your baby, learn the facts about breastfeeding and feeding infant formula.

Breastfeeding...

    baby breastfeeding
  • Supplies antibodies to protect against infection and disease
  • Provides a balance of nutrients that changes to meet the needs of a growing baby
  • Supports healthy brain development
  • Lowers the chance of ear, chest and stomach infections
  • Reduces the risk of Type 2 Diabetes
  • Decreases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Helps to protect against breast and ovarian cancers for mom

Infant Formula...

  • Lacks antibodies to protect against infection and disease
  • Does not change to meet a baby’s needs as he/she grows and develops
  • Does not protect against infections
  • Is not sterile in powdered form
  • Powdered formula is not recommended for infants who are premature, low birth weight or ill
  • Can decrease a mom’s milk supply

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If you have made an informed decision to feed your baby infant formula, the following information about infant formula can help you prepare formula safely.