Every day, hundreds of women are welcoming their newborn baby into the world. That means these women are having to decide how it is they are going to feed these precious new babies. Are they going to bottle feed with a manmade formula, or will they nurture their baby the way nature intended by breastfeeding? Whether the child is feed by a bottle with formula, or by a breast with breast milk, your purpose is to nourish your child in the best way possible that you are able to do it in. Not all women are able to breastfeed and not all women can afford to use formula.
Breast milk contains many vital nutrients that newborns need to grow. Not surprisingly, formula lacks many of these nutrients. “People need to understand that when they’re deciding between breast milk and formula, they’re not deciding between Coke and Pepsi… They’re choosing between a live, pure substance and a dead substance made with the cheapest oils available” (Tamaro 26). Studies have shown that breastfeeding infants in the first six months of their lives improves their development, including their cognitive skills. Right after giving birth, a thick yellow substance is in breastmilk.
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.
Breastfeeding usually goes on for within the first twelve months of infant's life; nevertheless, there are some extreme breast feeders that do it for years. Although most mothers try to breastfeed the infants no matter what condition they are in. A vitamin called Colostrums is high in protein, zinc, and other minerals. It contains less fat, carbohydrates, and calories t... ... middle of paper ... ... or woman should get pregnant in order to lose weight. Females should not do that because it is just a scientific fact that affected not all individuals in the same way.
Any infant enters the world completely relying on their mother, whether it’s to provide security, comfort, or their first meal. Breastfeeding, although pretty self-explanatory, is the act of a woman feeding a baby with milk from her breast. It is recommended that a baby be breastfed for the first time within an hour of their birth and exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life (Belsky, 2012). However, there is a stigma attached to breastfeeding in some areas of the world, especially the United States, so a common alternative is formula. There are many benefits not only the infant can gain from being breastfed, but also benefits the mother can obtain from providing this nutrition for her child.
The American Pregnancy Association recommends breastfeeding for most families in the article “Breastfeeding vs. Bottle Feeding” (2017, May 16). -www.americanpregnancy.org There are so many more perks to breastfeeding as opposed to formula feeding. Mothers are not educated enough prior to giving birth and they sometimes feel it is just easier to formula feed. A lot of hospitals are quick to just give a newborn a formula bottle if a mother is unsure how she wants to feed or if she is afraid to breastfeed just because she is unsure how.
“Feeding vessels” were created around 2000 B.C. and have since then matured into what we know as the “baby bottle”. Using manufactured formula and breastfeeding are the only ways to nourish a newborn, but they have undeniable differences that have been debated on throughout the world. The real question is… which one is the best method for you? Drinking breast milk helps the baby fight infections and it contains vital nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
Mothers should not breast feed in public considering the many way they can get the nutrients to their child when he or she needs it without flaunting their breasts. Mothers can pump breast milk using a breast pump and freeze their milk for later use, use a cover when in public to breast feed, or find a private place away from others to breast feed. If breast feeding mothers pump their breast milk they can put it in a bottle to feed to their infant in public. Many community health departments provide breast pumps for free to nursing mothers, granted mothers must return them at the duration of use. By freezing their milk mothers can always have back-up milk to take with them when going out in public or taking their child to a babysitter.
Breast-feeding and formula-feeding each have benefits and drawbacks, but again it’s the parent’s choice to decide what they consider to be best for them and their child. “Ideally, nutrition starts with colostrum, a thick high-calorie fluid secreted by the mother’s breast at birth” (Drover et al., 2009). Three days later the mother begins producing breast milk. Breast milk has numerous benefits. Breast milk, unlike formula based from cow’s milk, is naturally sterile.
From the moment that babies are pulled from the womb, skin to skin contact becomes vital in the first moments of the new life of the baby. This skin to skin contact includes the art of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding, although surrounded by significant societal criticism, provides significant benefits to both the mother and the baby. By providing crucial nutrients to their children, mothers are not only benefiting their children, they are benefiting themselves. Breastfeeding has been a widely used source of nutrition since the early days of mankind, though during the late nineteenth century, formula began to become a replacement (“Breastfeeding in public” 1).