Breastfeeding Versus Using Formula As The Primary Source Of Children 's Nutrition

1133 Words Oct 22nd, 2015 5 Pages
We have all heard the saying “breast is best” but is this true? Absolutely! In fact, it has been proven that both the mother and her child benefit greatly from breastfeeding versus using formula as the primary source of their child’s nutrition. Most pediatricians recommend breastfeeding for at least the first six months after giving birth. Although this may not be realistic to all family situations, it is highly encouraged. “Breast milk is widely acknowledged as the most complete form of nutrition for infants, with a range of benefits for infants ' health, growth, immunity and development.” (Healthy People, 2010) A mother does not immediately begin producing milk right after they give birth. They actually produce what is called colostrum before their actual milk supply comes in. If the mother chooses to breastfeed the colostrum would be the child’s source of nutrition their first few days of life. Colostrum is rich in antibodies to protect newborns from diseases and contains high levels of concentrated fats and proteins. Therefore, it is highly recommended for women to attempt breastfeeding even for the first few days to allow the child to benefit from the mothers colostrum.
According to the Center for Disease Control’s 2013 “Breastfeeding Report Card” nearly 77% of children start out breastfeeding before they are discharged from the hospital. Unfortunately, this number decreases drastically before the child reaches 6 months of age. Breastmilk is often referred to as the…

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