How Is Breastfeeding Beneficial?
Once a new baby is born, mothers are pressured to choose between breastfeeding
their baby, or bottle feeding their baby. For this final paper, with the help of the Internet
and library books, I will conduct an investigation to answer the question of, “How Is
Breastfeeding Beneficial?”, and will use the themes of Social Sciences and Humanities to
support my research. I believe that breastfeeding a baby is the most natural, and healthiest
way to provide necessary nutrients to any baby, and that there is no better choice to make
than to breastfeed.
Breastfeeding is universally approved by the world’s health and scientific
organizations as the best way of feeding babies. In fact, less than 1/2 of four million
babies born each year in the United States are exclusively breastfed. Research illustrates
the many benefits of baby, mother, and society. For babies, breastfeeding brings a higher
level of development and protects against severe and chronic illnesses. It works as a thirst
quencher, medication, food supplement. When it comes to mothers, breastfeeding helps
with recovery from pregnancy and child-birth and brings lifelong health advantages, such
as weight loss. For society, breastfeeding provides a series of economic and
environmental rewards. Breastfeeding is a decision that deserves to be investigated, for it
is important in all aspects of life.
Since the past centuries, breastfeeding has been the acceptable way of feeding a
baby around the world. Even when a woman was unable or reluctant to breastfeed their
baby, another woman, a wet nurse, would feed the baby for her. In the beginning of the
twentieth century, western civilization brought in cows to make milk available as a