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Breast Feeding vs. Formula Feeding for Baby and Mom

Breast Feeding vs. Formula Feeding for Baby and Mom

Dr. Judy Cothran encourages breast feeding for most moms taking into account each patient’s individual case.

Benefits of breast feeding vs. Risks of formula feeding for baby and mom

Babies Moms   
Enhances the natural bonding between Mom and Baby Helps Mom Lose weight; breastfeeding burns up to 500 calories per day
Has nutrients baby needs without artificial additives, chemicals or preservatives Reduces Mom’s risk of breast, endometrial, and ovarian cancer
Prevents infections such as colds, flu, and ear infections by transferring mom’s immune system to baby Saves money; savings of $1,500 to $3,600 per year
Human milk contains antimicrobial agents, anti-inflammatory agents, and immunoglobulins Reduces risk of anemia by preventing excess blood loss
Easy to digest, breast fed babies are less likely to have colic (gas), vomiting or diarrhea Relaxation and stress reduction due to hormone (oxytocin) release
Reduces the risk of diseases such as diabetes (type 1 and 2), obesity, asthma, and childhood cancers (leukemia) Reduces risk of type 2 diabetes
Reduces the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) May reduce the risk of osteoporosis and bone fracture
Breast fed babies have higher IQ’s because the lipid or fat in breast milk supports early brain development Reduces risk of rheumatoid arthritis
Tastes better, breast milk will taste like the food mom eats May reduce the risk of postpartum depression
Convenient, no bottle preparation or warm-up Supports birth spacing by delaying postpartum ovulation


Risks of Formula Feeding


Babies Moms
Increased risk of obesity Increased risk of breast cancer
Increased risk of diabetes Increased risk of ovarian and endometrial cancer
Increased risk of asthma Increased risk of obesity
Increased risk of allergies, including food allergies Increased stress and anxiety
Increased risk of acute respiratory disease Increased risk of anemia
Increased risk of childhood cancers, such as leukemia Increased risk of diabetes
Increased risk of gastrointestinal infections May be at increased risk of bone fracture due to osteoporosis
Increased risk of otitis media or ear infections Increased risk of rheumatoid arthritis
Increased risk of cardiovascular disease Reduced natural child spacing
Increased risk of chronic disease
Increased risk of nutrient deficiencies
Reduced cognitive development
Increased risk of infection from contaminated formula
Increased risk of side effects from environmental contaminants



Why We’re Different

Why We’re Different

What’s Different About Women’s Healthcare of Chicago

You’ll notice that we’re different from your very first call. Our staff strives always to blend professionalism with compassion.

  • Expertise honed by 20 years at the Faculty Foundations of Loyola ad Northwestern Universities
  • Personalized care and direct access to your OB-GYN specialist
  • Your reliable one-stop care center for high-risk pregnancy
  • Short wait times for appointments and follow-up

Women’s Health of Chicago also offers ultrasound, family planning services, urogynecology expertise and annual well woman exams. We diagnose and treat interstitial cystitis, pelvic prolapse, pre-eclampsia, chronic pelvic pain, fibroids, urinary incontinence, endometriosis, and abnormal uterine bleeding.

At Women’s Health of Chicago, we pride ourselves on having a courteous, experienced staff committed to serving you holistically. Dr. Cothran is available after many local physicians have closed their doors for the evening because she knows that pregnancy and related complications don’t adhere to traditional business hours.

When you need to see a doctor, night or day, your first instinct may be to schedule an appointment at your physician’s office or head to the emergency room. The problem is that very few local clinics in Indiana and Chicago offer same day care, and emergency rooms can often mean hour after hour of waiting. However, when you make Women’s Health of Chicago your choice for prenatal care and planning, you’ll avoid all of these problems.

One more way we’re different

Dr. Judith Cothran has a deep commitment to women’s health.  “Our mission is to empower women to take an active role in the management of their health overall, and specifically regarding family planning and preparation for child birth.”