Feeding Baby – Breast Or Bottle?

In the last few decades, there has been a resurgence in the practice of breastfeeding. More and more, research is showing the many benefits of breastfeeding. Accordingly, many women are choosing to breastfeed their babies. While not all moms will choose to breastfeed, and some will be unable to breastfeed, most medical experts recommend breastfeeding.

Nature has specifically designed breast milk for your baby. Breast milk contains the exact nutrients that a baby needs, in just the right amounts. Breastfeeding allows your bodys immune system to aid the immune system of your growing baby. Proponents of breastfeeding suggest that some of the benefits to your baby provided by breastfeeding may include:

– Higher resistance to illness, such as flu, colds, viruses and pneumonia

– Higher resistance to infection, such as e-coli, staph, and strep infections

– Higher resistance to intestinal disorders

– Higher resistance to urinary tract infections

– Added protection against Crohn’s disease, diabetes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, colitis, and some forms of lymphoma

– Reduce incidence of dental cavities

– Assisted jaw, teeth, and speech development

– Lower chance of developing allergies

– Lower chance of learning disabilities

Proponents of breastfeeding also suggest that your baby is not the only one that can benefit from breastfeeding. Benefits for the breastfeeding mom can include:

– Reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancer

– Weight loss for the mother

– Lower mom’s stress levels

– A reduction of postpartum bleeding

– A reduction of postpartum depression

– Delay of menses, which will decrease mom’s iron losses

– Increased “good” (HDL) cholesterol, which can reduce the risk of heart disease

– The facilitation of bonding between mother and infant.

The choice about whether to breastfeed is one that no one else can make for you. If you are unable to breast feed, or decides that breast feeding just doesn’t fit her lifestyle, bottle feeding as a viable alternative. Commercially prepared infant formula is specifically designed to meet your baby’s nutritional needs. Many healthy babies have survived bottle feeding, and have come out no worse for it.

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