Breastfeeding: Questions & Answers

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Why should I breastfeed?

Breastfeeding is recognized as the superior method for feeding infants by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Dietetics Association, the American Association of Family Practitioners, the National WIC Association, and the World Health Organization.

  • Fewer Ear Infections
    Breastmilk can help prevent ear infections in young children.
  • Fewer Allergies
    Breastmilk can help prevent some food allergies.
  • Leaner for Life
    Breastfed babies grow up to be leaner than bottle fed babies.
  • Better Health for Mothers
    Mothers who breastfeed have a lower lifetime risk of some chronic diseases.
  • And the #1 Reason to Breastfeed..
    The beautiful relationship with your breastfeeding child!

Is there really a difference between breastmilk and infant formula?

The differences between breastmilk and formula are many. Formula is a product for babies who cannot receive their own mother's milk or banked human milk. Human milk is a living substance that supplies your baby with antibodies as well as all the necessary nutrition in the appropriate quantities for a baby's optimal development.

Does breastfeeding hurt?

Breastfeeding, when done correctly does not hurt. If you are experiencing pain while breastfeeding, a breastfeeding specialist can usually help.

Are there foods I shouldn't eat?

Generally speaking, you can eat anything you want to, IN MODERATION. Most mothers are able to eat a sensible diet with no problems. If a particular food seem to make your baby fussy and uncomfortable, don't eat it for a couple of weeks. As the digestive system matures, your baby will probably be able accommodate all the ordinary foods you eat.

Am I eligible for WIC?

WIC serves pregnant women, breastfeeding women, postpartum non-breastfeeding women, infants, and children under 5 years of age. Participants must apply in person. Clinic personnel must ask for documentation to validate identity and establish residency of the person being certified to the program. Eligibility will be determined based upon the following criteria:

  1. Income determination, proof of residency, proof of identification.
  2. Height, weight (all clients)
  3. Hematocrit or hemoglobin
  4. Nutritional risk determination
  5. Diet assessment.

Find Out More

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact your local health department.

Last reviewed on Nov 14, 2023 request edits
Mississippi State Department of Health 570 East Woodrow Wilson Dr Jackson, MS 39216 866‑HLTHY4U Contact and information

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