Breastfeeding can be a wonderful experience for both you and your baby. We at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center are here to support you in any way we can.
There are numerous reasons why mothers choose to breastfeed. Use the tabs below to learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding and resources that St. Joseph’s University Medical Center provides.
- Breastfeeding Class
- Additional Resources
- Contact Us
Benefits for the Baby
- Nutritionally, there is no better food for your baby than your milk. It is most easily digested and provides your baby with all the nutrients he or she needs.
- Immune factors in your breast milk may protect your baby from certain diseases and infections, including asthma, childhood cancers, inflammatory bowel disease and celiac disease.
- Babies who are breastfed may have a decreased risk of SIDS, obesity, allergies, and ear infections.
- Breastfeeding strengthens the muscles of the jaw for speech development.
- Breastfeeding enhances brain and dental development.
- Breastfeeding provides a positive bonding experience for baby, with skin to skin contact and closeness to mom.
Benefits for the Mom
- Breastfeeding helps control mom’s bleeding after delivery of the baby. It also helps shrink her uterus back to its pre-pregnancy size.
- Breastfeeding decreases mom’s risk of certain diseases such as osteoporosis, ovarian and breast cancer. The longer you breastfeed, the more you decrease your risk.
- Breastfeeding provides a positive bonding experience for mom, knowing she is meeting her baby’s emotional and physical needs.
- Cost and Convenience. Breast milk is free, saving families thousands of dollars a year. It is always ready at the right temperature and the right amount.
Benefits to Society
- Healthier children with fewer medical conditions decrease medical costs for families and society.
- Healthier children mean less work loss for parents and their employers.
- Breastfeeding means less plastic use and waste. When breastfeeding, there is less pollution from shipping formula.
There may be additional reasons a mother will choose to breastfeed her baby.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of life. Breastfeeding should continue until the child is at least one, with the addition of complementary foods after six months.
St. Joseph's offers a breastfeeding class which focuses on the many benefits of breastfeeding, and provides hands-on demonstrations of breastfeeding techniques. Class participants will learn the most up-to-date information for effective breastfeeding, including proper latch, pumping, returning to work, addressing breastfeeding challenges, and much more!
Please contact Kathy Brantner at 973.754.3344 for class information.
- Medela Breastpump Rental (Hospital Grade Pump - "Symphony" used at St. Joseph's University Medical Center)
- Ameda Breastpump Rental (Hospital Grade Pump - not used at St.Joseph's Regional Medical Center)
- Academy of Pediatrics: Ages & Stages Breastfeeding Information
- La Leche League: 1.800.LALECHE (1.800.525.3243)
- International Lactation Consultant Association: 1.919.861.5577
For additional breastfeeding information, please call Audra Burton-Easterbrook at 973.754.3361
For additional class information, please call 973.754.3451.