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Despite Recent Study, Abington Health Expert Encourages Breastfeeding
Date:8/1/2014

and development.

“The content of breast milk as it applies to the newborn’s immune system has been well chronicled and includes many elements including lymphocytes [white blood cells] and immune globulin[antibodies that protect the body against diseases],” said Dr. Shapiro. “Proteins and essential fats are structured for optimal absorption, which results in deposition of brown fat (as opposed to yellow fat) in the newborn. Brown fat has been shown to be essential for the proper and most efficient absorption of fats in the newborn.”

In some cases, however, a mother might have no other choice but to bottle-feed her baby. This often happens when a mother’s milk supply is insufficient for proper growth, which can occur if the infant is large or if she has twins or triplets.

“In any situation such as this, my advice to the mother is to develop a schedule that makes sense for her and her family's needs and supplement with an appropriate formula when necessary,” said Dr. Shapiro. “I make it crystal clear that the infant benefits from any amount of breast milk that it can receive whether it’s 50 percent or 99 percent.”

Abington Health has lactation consultants on staff to assist new moms with breastfeeding and to address any concerns. To speak to a lactation consultant, please call 215-481-6104.

About Abington Health
Abington Health is the umbrella organization that encompasses its flagship hospital, Abington Memorial Hospital, in Abington and Lansdale Hospital in Hatfield Township. Abington Health also includes four convenient outpatient facilities, Abington Health Center - Schilling in Willow Grove, Abington Health Center - Warminster in Bucks County, Abington Health Center – Blue Bell, Abington Health Center – Montgomeryville and Urgent Care Cente
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