Breastfeeding The Ideal Nutrition For Infants, By The American Academy Of Pediatrics And The World Health Organization

Breastfeeding The Ideal Nutrition For Infants, By The American Academy Of Pediatrics And The World Health Organization

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Breastfeeding has been the preferred method of nourishing a child since the dawn of time. As mammals we are equipped to create life and then sustain said life through a mother’s breast. However, the act of feeding a child in public has become a controversy, pitting mothers against mothers, men against women and breast against breast. We have heard the slogan breast is best, yet as mothers we are faced with hard decisions every day that may interfere with this preferred method of nourishment. The balance of a family, work and play become even more of a struggle, when as a society, we have sexualized breasts so much, thus requiring laws that support breastfeeding mothers, and which ultimately creates a stigma associated with feeding children in the public’s view.

Breast is best in my opinion; moreover, this statement is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization. Breastfeeding provides the ideal nutrition for infants; it has a perfect mix of vitamins, fats and proteins needed to sustain a child until they are ready to start eating solid food. Babies who have exclusively breastfeed for six months or more, have a lower risk of developing ear infections, respiratory illnesses, as well as gastrointestinal problems and have fewer hospitalizations or trips to the doctors in their first year of life, according to the APA and WHO. Mothers, who breastfeed also have numerous health benefits, such as, lowered risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancer and osteoporosis. As well as less psychological problems after birth and in the future. “There is much more to breastfeeding than the provision of optimal nutrition and protection from disease through mother 's milk. Breastfeeding provides a uniq...


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...ionship is no longer conducive to mother and baby. Sexualization of the breast can hinder this basic, primal and pure need of mother and baby and has to end.







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