THE TOP 12 REASONS TO BREASTFEED
For your baby
1. Breast milk has just the right amount of fat, sugar, water, and protein that is needed for a baby’s growth and development. Your baby gets the
exact nutrients for a baby’s growth and development. Your baby gets the exact nutrients he needs to grow healthily as the consistency of your breast
milk changes daily.
2. It builds your baby’s immunity and protects him from serious ailments such as asthma, eczema, diabetes, leukemia, gastroenteritis and ear, chest
and urinary tract infections. Breastfed babies are less likely to suffer from constipation, stomach-ache and colic.
3. Breastfeeding reduces the risk of obesity in your child as your baby learns from the start to regulate the amount of food he needs.
4. Breastfeeding boosts your baby’s IQ
5. Breastfeeding improves his visual development.
6. Research also shows that breastfed babies do not fall sick as often as formula-fed babies and thus visit the doctor less.
7. Breastfeeding reduces your risk of getting breast, endometrial and ovarian cancer, and possibly, osteoporosis.
8. It’s convenient and makes life easier. You don’t have to worry about sterilizing bottles every day or mixing formulas in the middle of the
night. Nor do you need to lug a bottle-bag around.
9. It helps your body burn an extra 500 calories a day and helps your uterus shrink back to its pre-pregnancy size quicker.
10. When breastfeeding, your body releases those feel-good hormones called endorphins that promote mother-child bonding. The physical contact is
important to the newborns, helping them feel more secure, warm and comforted. This is why breastfeeding mothers have a higher level of self-confidence
and more intense feeling of closeness with their infants.
Baby Formula Issues:
Lack of antibodies. None of the important antibodies found in breast milk is found in manufactured formula, which means that formula doesn't provide
the baby with the added protection against infection and illness that breast milk does.
Expense. Formula can be costly. Powdered formula is the least expensive, followed by concentrated, with ready-to-feed being the most expensive. And
specialty formulas (i.e., soy and hypoallergenic) cost more - sometimes far more - than the basic formulas. During the first year of life, the cost of
basic formula can run about $1,500.
Possibility of producing gas and constipation. Formula-fed babies may have more gas and firmer bowel movements than breastfed babies.
Can't match the complexity of breast milk. Manufactured formulas have yet to duplicate the complexity of breast milk, which changes as the baby's
That said, My fiancee and I are having trouble deciding what baby formula to use. Think "Conspiracy Free Baby Formula." Our daughter is on a breast
feeding strike and we are now faced with the task of finding a baby formula that is safe. We want to to be organic, but chemically safe. We know there
is no alternative to breast feeding that wont bother us in some way, but it is what it is. We are trying to go low cost organic, but safe and ethical
at the same time. We don't want to support a company that does not have the child's best interest at heart. We do not want any trojan horse
chemicals in the food. We know that it is inevitable that our precious little one will have to succumb to the ways of the world just as we have, but
we only want the best for her. Anyone have any advise? Thanks ahead of time, and I didnt know what forum to post this in, so MODS, if it needs to be
moved, move it!