How Is Breastfeeding Beneficial

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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
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substitute for mother’s milk by such procedures as, dependable refrigeration, pasteurization, and sterilization. Over the course of the next half-century, formula feeding became the universal way of feeding a baby in the United States. Breastfeeding brings advantages for babies that can’t be replaced by any other form of feeding. These advantages start from the first moment after childbirth and lasts to a lifetime of years. When compared to children, who were breastfed, when they were babies with those who were breastfed live healthier lives with fewer symptoms and shorter sicknesses. Breast milk is made up of fatty acids, water, lactose, and antibodies that help protect infants from bacteria and viruses. Specifically, breastfeeding protects against ear infections, allergies, respiratory illnesses, pneumonia, bronchitis, kidney
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This note was uploaded on 05/29/2008 for the course LS 301 taught by Professor Ballon during the Fall '07 term at Cal Poly Pomona.

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