Breastfeeding Advantages Essay

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After having a baby, many women feel the pressure of deciding whether or not to breastfeed or bottle-feed their baby. There are many pro’s and con’s of each and I think that everyone would agree that breastfeeding is the healthiest way to go. Being true to that, then why do so many mother’s bottle-feed? That is one question that I would like to understand. The number one benefit of bottle-feeding that I could understand is the convenience. After speaking to several mothers who have bottle-fed, convenience outweighs all odds. I have to question that statement. Is it really more convenient, and if so, is it worth all of the other benefits that are lost? Breastfeeding is the best choice for the baby regardless of anything. Breastfeeding is the healthiest, most easily digestible; it is free, and most convenient. Breastfeeding is commonly known to be the healthiest choice for a newborn baby. Unlike formula, breast milk changes based on the baby’s needs. During the first few days the breast milk produced will contain a substance called colostrum, which would never be an option in formula. The colostrum is full of antibodies and helps the baby become protected from harmful infections, and helps built a strong immune system. It is well known that breastfed babies will get fewer ear infections, respiratory infections, pneumonia, bronchitis, and have fewer problems with diarrhea and constipation. It may also greatly reduce the chance of the baby developing allergies, asthma, certain types of cancers, and it reduces the risk of S.I.D.S. (Sudden Infant death Syndrome) Also breastfed babies may be less likely to become overweight and mothers who breastfeed get back into shape faster. There is no question that overall, it is the healthiest choice to breastfeed rather that use formula. Breast milk is more easily digestible than formula. It is easier for

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