Many new mothers struggle with the decision to breastfeed or bottle feed their new baby. We don't want to pressure everyone to nurse. We just want you to be aware of the benefits. Breast milk contains antibodies that can't be engineered. "Breastfed babies get fewer colds and sinus and ear infections,  They also have less diarrhea and constipation and a decreased chance of having allergies.

Breastfeeding Baby

Breast milk is the perfect food for baby, with numerous advantages over baby formula, especially in the first four months or so. Here's why:

  • It's always available.
  • It's free.
  • It contains active infection-fighting white blood cells and natural chemicals that give increased protection against infections in the first months, when these can be the most serious.
  • It can help prevent SIDS, sudden infant death syndrome, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • It contains the perfect proportion of nutrients that your baby needs, including protein, carbohydrates, fat, and calcium.
  • It is easily digestible.
  • It may protect against allergies and asthma in the future.
  • It may decrease a baby's risk of obesity in the future.
  • It may contain some fatty acids that promote brain development.
  • Breastfeeding can help new mothers lose weight more easily.

Bottle Feeding Baby

With all these advantages of breast milk, should you feel guilty if you choose not to breastfeed? Absolutely not!

  • Infant formulas have gotten better and better at matching the ingredients and their proportions to that of human milk.
  • While breastfed babies may have relatively fewer infections, the vast majority of infants won't get a serious infection in the first months whether breast- or bottle fed.

A happy, unstressed mother is the best mother. If you feel that bottle feeding best fits your needs, then it's the best for meeting your baby's needs as well.

Cow’s milk?

Many nursing moms are told that they must introduce cow’s milk at a year. Your nursing toddler is already getting the best milk he can get – mother’s milk! Breastmilk has a higher fat content than whole cow’s milk (needed for baby’s brain growth), and all the nutrients of human milk are significantly more bioavailable than those of cow’s milk because it is species specific (not to mention all the components of mother’s milk that are not present in cow’s milk).

It’s best to limit the amount of cow’s milk that your child receives to 2-3 cups (16-24 ounces) per day, since too much cow’s milk in a child’s diet can put him at risk for iron-deficiency anemia (because cow’s milk can interfere with the absorption of iron) and may decrease the child’s desire for other foods.

Breast milk is more digestible than formula

Babies can digest human milk more easily than the milk of other animals, probably because human milk contains an enzyme that aids in this process. Breast milk forms softer curds in the infant's stomach than cow's milk (the basis for most formulas) and is more quickly assimilated into the body system. While it contains less protein than does cow's milk, virtually all the protein in breast milk is available to the baby. By contrast, about half the protein in cow's milk passes through the baby's body as a waste product. Similarly, iron and zinc are absorbed better by breastfed babies.

Nutritional needs during lactation:

 

► For sufficient breast milk production. ...

  • Protein. The lactating lady has to take in extra protein than a non-lactating one. ...
  • Essential Fatty acids. ...
  • Calcium. ...
  • Iron. ...
  • Vitamin
  • Magnesium
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