The Pros And Cons Of Breastfeeding Over Manufactured Formula

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At birth, about 75% of babies are breast fed, but by the age of six months only 21% of infants are exclusively breastfed. Breastfeeding is the best way to keep your child healthy and happy. Many people choose to formula feed their infants, but it just doesn’t live up to the quality of breast milk. There are an abundance of reasons to choose breastfeeding over manufactured formula. The first reason breast milk is far superior is colostrum. This is often times referred to as liquid gold, because of the dark yellow color it has. This is the first “milk” that is produced immediately after your baby is born. Colostrum is not for nutrition, but for immunity. This colostrum is full of human milk oligosaccharides, or HMO’s, that helps establish bacteria in the baby’s gut. A baby’s first bowel movement, meconium, is a very sticky, tar like substance that isn’t easy for the baby to pass. Colostrum helps push it through …show more content…
Whenever your child is hungry all you have to do is hold them to your breast. The milk is already warm and always sterile. The composition of breastmilk changes as the baby gets older. It will always have all of the nutrients and antibodies in it that your baby needs. Your body does this automatically, you don’t have to do anything to make this happen. The best thing about breastfeeding is that it is free. It is something that your body makes on its own and it doesn’t charge you a dime. Now for the disadvantages to formula. There are no antibodies in formula. This means there is nothing in the baby’s food that is helping protect is against outside pathogens. Another disadvantage is that formula is make from cow’s milk. A lot of babies have a hard time digesting milk enzymes because their little bodies aren’t made to do it. This results in diarrhea, constipation and dehydration. The number one reason for babies who have ear infections is the fact that they are formula fed. Formula fed babies also get more

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