Essay on Feeding A New Life : Breastfeeding

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Feeding a new life
Breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed a baby. Typically breastfeeding is done in the early years of childhood, after the mother gives birth, her breast begin to produce breastmilk. It provides babies with the necessary nutrients. “While breastfeeding may not seem like the right choice for every parent it is the best choice for every baby.” (Amy Spangler). The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) strongly recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life and that breastfeeding continue for at least 12 months. Breastfeeding is an essential step in the process of a healthy growing baby.
While there are many pros to breastfeeding, many people continue to focus on the few cons. For the mother it can be time consuming because the baby will need to feed more frequently, about every two to three hours, day and night. Whereas formula fed babies only feed every three to four hours. The first attempts of breastfeeding can result in a frustrated mother. The first weeks of breastfeeding can be extremely difficult, for instance the baby sometimes will not latch, and even stay latched on or even sometimes it feels like there is no milk being produced. “Breastfeeding does not have to be hard. Breastfeeding is natural. With rare exceptions, it becomes hard only because of all the interference caused by the medicalization of birth and unsupportive culture.” (Adrienne Carmack, Reclaiming My Birth Rights). Unsupportive culture could be people…

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