For example, formula fed babies get respiratory infections that require hospitalization more often; are over-weight more often leading to later problems. Women who breastfeed have a lower risk of breast cancer.
Some people worry that they cannot breastfeed their baby if they continue to smoke, drink or take drugs. Even if you smoke, the baby will get protection from breastmilk. If you decide to have a drink of alcohol now and again that can be done while breastfeeding, too. Many over-the-counter or prescribed drugs are safe to take while you are breastfeeding.
It may help you and your partner to discuss your thoughts and questions about breastfeeding when you take a look at what kind of knowledge and experiences you both have. You don’t need to hide when you and baby are out and want to feed. Adults eat in public all the time without question; there is no reason why your baby can’t do the same thing. The Ontario Human Rights Commission states that no one can prevent a mother from breastfeeding her baby in a public place or ask her to move to a more private area such as a washroom.