Compare And Contrast Breast Feeding Vs Breastfeeding

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Choosing whether to breastfeed or to formula feed can be one of the most difficult decisions a mother will make. Although most experts believe breastfeeding is the best nutritional choice for infants, some woman still chooses not to. The decision to breastfeed or formula feed is based on a woman’s comfort level, lifestyle, and medical considerations they might have. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) joins other organizations such as the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Dietetic Association (ADA), and the World Health Organization (WHO) in recommending breastfeeding as the best for babies. The AAP says babies should be breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months. Beyond that, the AAP encourages breastfeeding
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Breast feeding also has psychological benefits for the infant. It can promote early attachment between mother and child, security and warmth, and presence of the mother. Breast milk provides natural antibodies that can help defend against infections, prevent allergies, and protect against a number of chronic conditions. A review of 132 studies on allergy and breastfeeding concluded that breastfeeding appears to help protect children from developing. (Fewtrell, M. S., Kennedy, K., Murgatroyd, P. R., Williams, J. E., Chomtho, S., & Lucas, A. …show more content…
It is cheaper than buying formula and helps avoid medical bills later because it helps equip the baby to fight off disease and infection. The United States has one of the lowest rates of breastfeeding in the industrialized world, and one of the highest rates of infant mortality. The benefits of breastfeeding go beyond health considerations. Mothers who nurse their children enjoy social and economic advantages as well. Women who breastfeed avoid the financial burden of buying infant formula, an average expense of $800 per year. Breastfed babies are less likely to need excessive medical attention as they grow. In one study, a group of formula-fed infants had $68,000 in health care costs in a six month period, while an equal number of nursing babies had only $4,000 of similar expenses (McNiel, M., Labbok, M., & Abrahams, S.

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