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A mom-to-be has to decide whether to breastfeed her baby, give them iron-fortified infant formula, or supplement her breast milk with infant formula. Breastfeeding has several advantages for baby and mother.
Advantages to Baby:
Advantages to Mother:
Regular cow’s milk doesn’t offer a baby the same nutritional advantages that human milk or infant formula does. A baby should not be given whole milk until they are at least one year old.
While a woman is pregnant and breastfeeding, her baby eats what she eats. So that both of them stay healthy, mom should eat nutritious foods from MyPyramid, USDA’s food guidance system. The Home & Garden Information Center has two fact sheets to help in choosing the right foods and making better decisions for the health of mother and baby: HGIC 4101, Breast Milk or Infant Formula? and HGIC 4118, Pregnancy & Breastfeeding. For additional information, go to the www.MyPyramid.gov website and click on “MyPyramid Plan for Moms.”
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