A Baby's Best Start

Nursing Center

Human milk is the preferred food for all human newborns.

- American Academy of Pediatrics






Choose/Buy Breastpump
Milk Intake for Baby
Articles of Interest
Mom Stories
Local Services - Austin
About a Baby's Best Start
Contact Us
Helpful Links


Benefits of Breastfeeding
Before Baby Arrives
Starting Out Right
Working without Weaning
Breastmilk Collection/Storage
Is Baby Getting Enough Milk?
Breastfeeding Stories
Need a Lactation Consultant?
Find a Lactation Consultant
All Articles

Returning to Work

Planning is essential to the breast-feeding mom who returns to work.  First, you must establish your milk supply with frequent feedings. Next begin stockpiling your milk, using a high-quality electric breastpump, which will also help establish your supply. Now it is time to introduce the baby to the bottle, so she can feed during the day while you are gone.

Begin pumping two to three weeks before returning to work. Simulate the pumping schedule you will have once your return to work.

Enlightened companies may provide pumping areas, where you can use your portable breastpump.

For more detail see Working without Weaning.

Higher IQ's Last into

Early Adulthood




Studies show differences of 5 to 10 IQ points between children breast-fed as babies and children who were formula-fed. The Mortensen study cited below compared a variety of studies on intelligence, adjusting for the effects of other possible factors such as parents’ level of education, mothers’ smoking, and infant birth weight. Recent discoveries about docosohexanoic acid (DHA) and arachidonic acid (AA), both of which occur naturally in human milk, and the role they play in the development of the infant’s brain provide clues to one possible cause of this difference.

Mortensen, E.L., et al. The association between duration of breastfeeding and adult intelligence. JAMA 2002; 28(15): 2365-71.

Xiang, M. et al. Long chain polyunsat-urated fatty acids in human milk and brain growth during early infancy. Acta Paediatr 2000; 89(2): 142-47.

From The Importance of Breastfeeding

    La Leche League  International


Breastfeeding is a unique process that:

Provides ideal nutrition for infants and contributes to their healthy growth and development Reduces incidence and severity of infectious diseases, thereby lowering infant morbidity and mortality Contributes to women's health by reducing the risk of breast and ovarian cancer, and by increasing the spacing between pregnancies Provides social and economic benefits to the family and the nation Provides most women with a sense of satisfaction when successfully carried out…

Full UNICEF Declaration.

Cost of Formula vs. Cost of Breastpump

Enfamil at Discount = $987 first year        Cost of breastpump = $250-$350