Breast Feeding vs. Formula Feeding for Newborns

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Breast feeding vs. formula feeding newborns In today’s society mothers are faced with the decision whether to breastfeed or to formula feed their infant. Whether the infant’s family is on a tight budget some choose to breastfeed but while another mom formula feeds people say “she is taking the easy way out or she isn’t going to bond with her infant as much as breastfeeding mothers will”. There has been numerous debates on the social media sites to prove which one is better and mothers bashing each other about the topic. There are many considerations to keep in mind while choosing how a mother will nourish her child, which are if the mother being on a budget, going back to work, and what is convenient for the new mom. With today’s economy everyone is trying to manage their money and ways of cutting unnecessary spending. Which could lead a mother to choose breastfeeding her infant. Breastfeeding is free and it provides the infant with antibodies passed from the mother to help lower the risk of many medical conditions. Breast milk is often referred to as the "perfect food" for a human baby's digestive system because breast milk is easily digested by a newborn's immature system. (2). Breast milk is easily digested so that breastfed babies have fewer occurrences of diarrhea or constipation (2). To be able to nourish a baby naturally can also help a new mother feel reassured in her ability to care for her baby. Which enables the mother and infant to connect on an emotional level and get to know one another. 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 ... 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. There is nothing wrong with formula feeding an infant. Everyone has their own opinion for each but which ever method the mother chooses she will face criticism from a mother that breastfeeds. Unfortunately having financial hardship, going back to work, or convenience play a role in the mothers decision of how she will nourish her infant.

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