LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - New moms have the right to choose whether they breastfeed their babies.
Lake Area doctors are urging moms to consider the benefits that breastfeeding has for their children and how it could impact their future.
Dr. Anatole Karpovs of the Children's Clinic says he urges all new moms to at least try to breastfeed for two months after birth.
Karpovs says breastfeeding impacts children throughout their lives.
"Babies that are breastfed tend to have decreased rates of obesity, diabetes, and also certain kinds of lymphomas showed decreased amounts in babies that are breastfed," Karpovs said.
But not all mom can breastfeed, and not all babies thrive on breast milk.
Babies who need formula aren't doomed throughout life - Karpovs said formula can save their lives.
Karpovs says the most important thing for newborns is that they're getting proper nutrients.
Whether breastfeeding or formula works best for you and your baby, it varies from person to person. Consulting a doctor is always a good place to start.