Breastfeeding Debate Rages On

"61% of women polled disagree with the HHC's decision"

The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) recently announced that it is has decided to exclude baby formula from the gift bags they give new moms and ban formula promotion materials from their labor and delivery units. The HHC believes that the health benefits of nursing newborns are tremendous and that it has a responsibility to discourage the use of formula. But some people, including 61% of women polled, feel that the HHC has crossed the line. Read on to get the facts and learn the truth about breastfeeding:

To Pump, or Not to Pump

Studies have found that the benefits of breast milk are far greater than those of formula. Breastfed babies have fewer earaches, respiratory problems and allergies. They're also less likely to become obese. What's more, formula is costly and lacks the nutrition value of breast milk. Learn why breastfeeding, while difficult, is worth the effort:

Why the "breast is best" mantra is true >>
Breast or bottle? A registered nurse weighs in >>
Breast milk: The gift only a mother can give >>

Breastfeeding Basics

Even if you're convinced that nursing is the way to go, that doesn't mean the hard part's over. In fact, many mothers repeatedly struggle with breastfeeding. It's important not to get frustrated and not to give up. Classes and lactation consultants are both great sources of assistance. And right here at iVillage, we've got facts and tips from experts on how to make nursing a joyful experience:

Nursing 101 >>
How to begin breastfeeding >>
Is it normal for my breasts to hurt? Get the answer >>

What Do You Think?

The breastfeeding debate is a sensitive topic for a lot of moms because it touches at the core of what makes a good mother. But most moms, whether they decide to feed their babies breast milk or formula, only want what's best for their children. How do you feel about this issue? Were you breastfed as a baby? Did you breastfeed your own kids? If so, was it challenging? Read on to discover how other passionate mothers feel, and don't forget to share your own thoughts, too:

Read these mothers' strong opinions >>
Moms against breastfeeding defend their position >>
iVillage health expert on her experience with nursing >>

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