71% of American Woman breastfeed their babies. After a few months only 2/3 of women who breastfeed stop. Many women in industrialized nations, such as the United States, find breast feeding to be inconvenient and time consuming. Babies who are breastfed become hungry often. Approximately every one and a half to two hours a baby is hungry again. However, forumla fed babies only get hungry every 3 to 4 hours. With a busy work schdule many women feel that formula is a good alternative to breast milk. However, in early infancy nothing can replace breast milk. Breast milk is the natural food suitable for all the babies needs. Formula, on the other hand, tries to imitate it. Breast milk is the most positive and natural way to feed
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Secondly, an infant sucking a mom’s nipple instead of an artificial nipple helps avoid malocclusion. Finally, a baby who is formula fed is far more likely to develop tooth decay than a baby who is breast fed. An infant who drinks formula is more likely to have sweet liquid remaining in their mouth than a breast fed baby. In the United States hunger and malnutrition is uncommon. However, in poverty-stricken regions of the world hunger and poverty is something seen daily. Breast milk is the key to survival in many developing countries. First of all, babies who drink breast milk are far less likely to be malnourished. They are also 6 to 14 times more likely to survive the first year of life. The World Health Organization believes that more than a million infant lives could be saved yearly if people would breastfeed their children. Secondly, in poverty-stricken countries parents are replacing breast milk with commercial formula or low-grade nutrients, such as rice. Contamination of these foods, often caused by poor sanitation, causes illness and even infant death. Breast milk actually helps prevent infant illness and death.
Babies are not the only one to benefit from breastfeeding and breast milk, the mothers also do. Firstly, breastfeeding burns calories and shrinks the uterus. A mom who breastfeeds can return to her pre-pregnancy shape and weight quicker.