Very few experts disagree with the fact that breastfeeding is the optimal choice for the infant. However, decreasing breastfeeding rates raise many questions as to why mothers are not choosing the best nutritional choice for their children. Despite breast milk being the obvious choice for infant feeding due to the health, psychological, and economic benefits, many mothers still decide to feed their infants formula due to lack of knowledge and support, difficulties with breastfeeding, and social embarrassment. Changes need to be made with formula companies, medical professionals, and the public opinion of breastfeeding in order to give nursing mothers the support they deserve. The main factor in encouraging breastfeeding is the emphasis on the major health benefits for both the mother and the child.
Benefits of Breastfeeding While researching about the benefits of breastfeeding I found many advantages to it. The longer a mother breastfeeds her baby, there is a higher chance that her baby will get the healthy benefits of breastfeeding. There are many benefits to breastfeeding for the mother, child, and society. The benefits for a breastfeeding baby are: early breast milk is called liquid gold, it is easier to digest, it fights diseases, and it changes as your baby grows. Doctors tell breastfeeding mothers to breast feed their baby until it is up to 2 years of age.
Breast-feeding is a process that involves an infant suckling its mother’s breast in order to get some milk. Breast milk can sometimes be substituted with baby formula for a number of reasons. These reasons may be death of the infant’s mother, the mother’s being a working mother and is always away, and some mothers just opt for baby formula. The formula has a number of advantages: it is readily available, cheaper, and easy to control. Breast milk is sometimes referred to as the line of equal measure between the very rich parents and the poor parents (Pryor & Kathleen, 2010).
If a woman is at a restaurant with her baby, she can feed the child at the table. Public breastfeeding is platonic as well. A woman feeding her baby in public should not be looked at as a sexual activity. Mary Lofton of La Leche League International says “Breasts are so over-sexualized, it’s hard for people to associate them with their natural function” (Bhatia 2). It is a normal thing for a woman to do for her baby and if a person sees this as sexual, they should just look the other way.
Breastfeeding: Numerous Benefits for Mom and Baby Abstract If parents care so much about their child when she grows up, it should begin from the moment of conception. The benefits of breastfeeding aren't always in the first year; many of the benefits last a lifetime. However, many parents don't know how good breast milk is for a child. Nowadays, mothers blame their busy schedules and use it as an excuse to formula feed their baby. Breastfeeding does not only benefit the baby, but also the mother.
There is a good possibility that breastfeeding is one of the most challenging things she has done. It is frustrating that at this day in age society has tried to prevent something that is healthy and natural. Breastfeeding is an amazing bond between a mother and her baby and the nutritional benefits are essential to an infant’s growth. Some people will argue that breastfeeding in public is not appropriate and should only be done behind closed doors. Then there are others that will argue that a breastfeeding mother should be able to breastfeed where ever her child needs to eat.
Mothers have many things to worry about when taking care of their children such as their cleanliness, well-being, nourishment, etc. One way a mother makes sure her child is well nourished is by breastfeeding. Breastfeeding in public is often regarded as a disrespectful or an indecent act. The reality is that it is perfectly natural, women have been breastfeeding for thousands of years and they should be able to continue to do so. A woman should be able to feed her child without being bothered or criticized.
It is no ones business but the mothers how... ... middle of paper ... ...s miss less work. If people were more accepting of the perfectly normal act that is breastfeeding; it would become so normal that it would no longer be seen as a problem or be made a big deal of and women wouldn't be so afraid to breastfeed their children. Breastfeeding in public needs to become a regular thing; so it is not deemed unusual and made a big deal of. There is no valid reason as to why a woman should be denied the right to breastfeed her child in public. Works Cited The American Academy of Pediatrics retrieved from http://www2.aap.org/breastfeeding/faqsbreastfeeding.html on November 13, 2013.
All mothers want what is best for their children, and while health care professionals encourage breastfeeding as the natural feeding choice, many mothers still choose to feed their babies with artificial milk. The 2014 Breastfeeding Report Card states that only 19% of women nationwide were exclusively breastfeeding their babies at 6 months of age. While 2-5% of women physically cannot breastfeed, this leaves around 80% of women who have made the choice to feed their infant artificially (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014). These astounding rates could be because mothers are not fully aware of the benefits of breastfeeding along with the harm of choosing formula. Despite the many opinions that science has matched the complexity of breast milk when creating formula, breastfeeding is still the optimal choice.
Robert S. Mendelsohn comments that “Mothers milk, time-tested for millions of years, is the best nutrient for babies because it is nature’s perfect food.” Why is breastfeeding the healthiest option for not only the child but also the mother? Lately breastfeeding has become a controversial topic, which should not even be discussed. The benefits of breastfeeding far out outweigh the cons. Breastfed babies have proven to less likely receive the following illnesses: asthma, diabetes, leukemia, and Sudden Infant Death (SIDS). Not only does it benefit the child, but also the mother.