What and when your child eats are significant indicators of growth and development. Whether breastfeeding, bottle feeding, or introducing solid foods, helpful information is available. One of the first decisions you’ll have to make is whether to breast or bottle-feed. Sometimes breastfeeding is not an option, but if possible, experts agree that breastfeeding provides important health benefits to your baby. Whether dictated by personal choice or by elements beyond your control, breast vs. bottle feeding is a personal decision and you deserve support no matter which you choose.
If you choose to breastfeed, there is a wealth of local programs available to support you. Here are four local resources:
Pittsburgh Black Breastfeeding Circle
Educational resources tailored to Black moms are available from the Pittsburgh Black Breastfeeding Circle.
WIC’s Breastfeeding Support Campaign
Healthy Start Center for Urban Breastfeeding
Healthy Start Center for Urban Breastfeeding – The Healthy Start Center for Urban Breastfeeding (HSCUB) provides lactation support, education, advocacy and outreach with a focus on Black women in Allegheny County. The HSCUB provides 24/7 on-demand in-home and telehealth breastfeeding support for up to one year postpartum. The HSCUB also offers Breastfeeding Boot Camp, a series of classes to instill self-assurance, self-confidence, and self-reliance in breastfeeding. Finally, the HSCUB program array also includes events, forums, and educational discussions on breastfeeding throughout the year.
The Breastfeeding Center of Pittsburgh
The Breastfeeding Center of Pittsburgh offers individual support and group classes.
Infant Formula Feeding
If you are using formula, the CDC provides infant formula feeding information to help you choose the right formula for you and your baby, learn how to safely prepare and store formula, and learn how much and how often your baby needs to eat.
The AAP Healthy Children website also helps you learn the signs of hunger and fullness, and how to respond to your baby’s cues whether breast, bottle, or solid feeding. Check out Responsive Feeding-Set your baby up for healthy growth and development infographic to learn why responsive feeding is so important and how to set yourself up for success.
Introducing Solid Foods
And when you’re ready to introduce solid foods, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Healthy Children provides resources, from when to start solid foods and what foods to choose to prevent tooth decay and picky eating. Before introducing solid foods to your baby be sure to look at the Healthy Habits Start Early infographic to make the transition easy for you and your baby.