Steven Samawi, MD OB/GYN: The decision to breastfeed is a very personal one. It helps to know the benefits of breastfeeding both to you, and to your newborn baby. Up to the first two months of your babies life it has no immune system. And so it depends on a lot of the antibodies that you pass on through your breast milk.
Fonda Mitchell, MD OB/GYN: It can also minimize vaginal bleeding that is occurring in that immediate post partum period, so that the uterus shrinks back down to normal, in a quicker pattern.
Vicki Cohen, CNM Certified Nurse-Midwife: There is a reduction in childhood obesity, childhood respiratory infections, sudden infant death syndrome. All that said, it seems like breastfeeding should just become naturally and be very easy. And the process of making milk is something that comes naturally. Your babies sucking ability is something that comes naturally. But, it is not always easy to put those two together.
Danielle, 28 Weeks Pregnant: Breastfeeding was a very challenging experience with my first one. We faced a lot of issues. But now I feel very confident. And once we were in a good place it was a great experience, and I look forward to doing it again with my second.
Stella Dantas, MD OB/GYN: For some women, it's very easy to nurse. And for other people it's a challenge. And again, every baby is different. We will be watching your baby's weight the first couple days in the hospital very closely. And it is very normal to sometimes need some supplementation until your milk comes in.
Christie, Second Time Mom: With my first daughter, there was definitely some bumps in the road. It was really wonderful to have a lactation specialist to be able to help out with that. So I just had to give myself a little bit of time and everything turned out smoothly after a few weeks.
Vicki Cohen, CNM Certified Nurse-Midwife: It's very rare for someone not to be able to breastfeed, but that doesn't mean that you won't need help. And we have a lot of help to offer you.
Debra Davis, MD Family Medicine: But if you're not able to breastfeed, there are a lot of options to help supplement your baby's nutrition and get you bonding with your baby right away. Most hospital nurses are trained in lactation support and a lot of hospitals also have lactation consultants on staff. So just know there are a lot of resources to help you get your baby started with nursing.
Oksana, 37 Weeks Pregnant: When I went in to deliver my third child pretty much everybody knew that I had issues with breastfeeding, and I want to know how to do it best. And so I had all these lactation specialists there to talk to me, so I guess some of that helped.
Fonda Mitchell, MD OB/GYN: So it is a unique experience for a lot of women and we look to create a regimen of lactation support depending on where things are for you and for your baby.