Deciding whether to go breast or bottle? As the "slow food" movement sweeps the nation, nursing mothers know that meals don't get any more fresh and local than breastfeeding. The mantra "breast is best" is embraced by the World Health Organization, the American Association of Pediatrics, the Office of Women's Health and more for the benefits that nursing brings to both mother and baby.
Marianne Neifert, MD, a pediatrician and nationally recognized expert in breastfeeding management says that the benefits of breastfeeding go well beyond your family room. "People choose breastfeeding because they understand that there are so many health benefits to mothers and babies, and that translates into health care savings for society," says Neifert, also known as "Dr. Mom." "It's a win for everyone when we're successful with breastfeeding." While Neifert, the author of Dr. Mom's Guide to Breastfeeding, knows that nursing isn't for everyone, she asks that every mom at least give it a try. Here, she shares a candid glimpse at the realities new moms can expect when choosing that route.