Unfortunately, taking a break meant she lost her ability to breast feed completely. During this period, she was troubled by all of the elderly women in our extended family who demanded to know why she would not breastfeed, criticized her for her inability to produce milk, and failed to understand her reasoning. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants be breastfed exclusively for the first six months of life and preferably up to twelve months or however long both the mother and baby are willing. Breast milk provides babies with protection against multiple diseases, healthier growth and digestion, and closer relationships; however, in some cases, breastfeeding is not an option for young mothers. Under such circumstances, women should be educated on infant formulas and alternative methods of feeding so they can make informed decisions for their babies.
The biggest decision a new mother has to make is not what to name the baby nor is it which hospital to deliver at. The biggest decision to make is in fact whether she is going to breastfeed or formula feed. Many women choose to formula feed because they aren't very educated on breastfeeding or because they feel they can't due to the fact that they failed the first time or times that they tried to do so. If they were aware of all of the benefits of breastfeeding, I feel that more mothers would breastfeed rather than formula feed. Three benefits of breastfeeding are that it is healthy for both mom and baby, it builds a stronger bond, and it is more convenient.
We see more women bottle feeding their children rather than breastfeeding because it seems to be more convenient for both the mother and child. I will now go over the benefits of breastfeeding for the infant. For starters, infants need two times the amount of nutrients than an adult. Breast feeding your baby can be a personal decision but it can also be very rewarding. Colostrum is the first milk that a woman’s breast produces.
Many mothers believe that they will not get pregnant while exclusively breastfeeding their babies. This practice is called the Lactational Amerrorhea Method (LAM) of birth control because women who breastfeed exclusively usually do not menstruate after childbirth. This results in natural infertility. However, many mothers are confused about fertility and breastfeeding because of conflicting information they receive. These include myths like breastfeeding is an unreliable method of preventing pregnancy and breastfeeding will prevent pregnancies no matter how frequently they breastfeed or even if their period has resumed.
If a mother is unable to supply her own milk there are other ways of obtaining nutrition for her baby, including donated milk from other mothers through a milk bank or hiring a wet nurse (a woman who breastfeeds a child other than her own). It is recommended that an infant should be solely breastfed the first six months of their life, and then increasingly introduced to solid foods as they develop (Cernadas et al., 2003). Once a child begins eating solids it is then recommended that the mother continues to breastfeed in conjunction with regular meals until at ... ... middle of paper ... ...astfed for at least eight weeks had lower anxiety, lower muscle tension, lower intense sensation seeking, lower suspicion, lower social acceptance, lower impulsiveness scores, and higher socialization scores (Sjögren et al., 2000). Ultimately, breastfeeding appears to be one of the most influential parts of infancy that can greatly affect an individual’s future. It is not just the act of breastfeeding either, as I have pointed out, these impacts can vary based on duration of breastfeeding as well.
If you were able to produce milk for your child and had no complications with feeding, would you be more willing to feed your baby that way? Or would you still pick formula? It’s an important decision the mom has to make not only for herself but for her child as well. Moms still today don’t know the benefits of breastfeeding and are quick to pick up a can of formula because of rumors or just lack of education on the subject. The benefits of breast feeding extend well beyond basic nutrition.
Any woman who does not breastfeed is actually looked down upon (“Breastfeeding and the law”). Unfortunately, some people in the United States feel differently. There are some individuals in America that feel as though if women are going to breastfeed, it should be somewhere private, such as a restroom. People do not eat in restrooms, so why should an innocent baby have... ... middle of paper ... ... the end all that matters is that the happy, healthy, bundle of joy is getting the adequate amount of nutrition from the best source out there, his/her mother. Works Cited "Breastfeeding in public around the world."
There are a number of tough decisions expectant parents must face during the nine months before their new baby arrives. One of the most difficult choices is surely whether to breastfeed or formula feed their child. Many new mothers think breastfeeding is too demanding, time consuming, and will leave the mother unable to feed her child in public. Another problem a new mother may encounter is the worry that her supply of milk is not enough to satisfy the child. Some parents question the benefits of breastfeeding and believe that formula feeding is just as beneficial towards their child’s overall health and wellbeing.
Knowing the babies cues before he/she begins to cry can help develop a healthy relationship between mother and infant. Breast milk is also convenient and readily available at the right temperature for a baby to eat. A woman... ... middle of paper ... ...ss all families, breast-feeding had better outcomes than bottle-feeding in factors like BMI, hyperactivity, math skills, reading recognition, vocabulary word identification, digit recollection, scholastic competence and obesity ( Paragraph 2). To summarize both breast feeding and bottle feeding have their advantages and disadvantages but both have the intention to be able to nourish an infant the best way possible for mother and baby. Of course no matter where you go or what doctor you ask they will say breastfeeding is best.
Also, babies digest breastmilk a lot easier than formula because formula contains cow milk, which is a lot harsher than a mother’s milk. Furthermore, mothers benefit from breastfeeding just as babies do. At first, breastfeeding can be hard to get used to. Once the baby gets used to a steady breastfeeding routine, it becomes very easy. It has been proven that mothers who breastfeed have a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and postpartum depression.Breastfeeding helps the mother bond with he... ... middle of paper ... ... can prepare the formula bottles ahead of time, giving her time to go out and do what she wants if someone is watching her baby.