Struggle to exclusively breast feed? Don’t worry, your intention was enough…

Did you struggle to exclusively breastfeed your newborn? About 1/3 of women who intend to exclusively breastfeed are able to do so until 6 months.

In 2014, there was a large study establishing that long-term outcomes between breastfed and formula fed children were essentially the same.

But guess what? A new study published in Population Health has established that women who INTEND to breastfeed do have babies with better outcomes in early childhood–regardless of whether or not they were successfully able to do so.

Very interesting research on how the “intention” to breastfeed one’s child does select for certain kinds of mothers and families. That selection may be what leads to better outcomes.

At El Camino Women’s Medical Group, we fully encourage women to try to breastfeed their babies and are here as a resource when women do have trouble. We have a lactation educator at our office that teaches breastfeeding classes and checks on women in the first 1-2 weeks postpartum to provide additional support.

However, ultimately, fed is best, and an engaged, rested, loving mother has a much bigger impact on infant’s development and well-being than the type of calories they get.




El Camino Women’s Medical Group offers the latest Minimally Invasive Solutions for gynecologic problems.   Drs. Amy TengErika Balassiano, and Pooja Gupta, all members of AAGL (American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopy) are highly trained and experienced in the field of Minimally Invasive Gynecgologic Surgery.   Dr. Erika Balassiano is also completed a Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Fellowship, under the supervision of world-renowned Dr. Camran Nezhat.


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