posted on Mar, 29 2010 @ 10:34 AM
Over the last 50 years, clinical reports and studies have consistently shown the same results: There are no advantages of bottle feeding for the
For babies, the main advantages of breastfeeding are nutritional and immunological.
Here are some links with documentation on the benefits of breastfeeding:
Mothers who plan to breastfeed can find a support network among non-profit groups with local branches, such as La Leche League International; the fee
for a breastfeeding consultant is covered in most health insurance plans, when the mother has questions (such as whether there are any disadvantages
of breastfeeding for the mother's own appearance or health, which there are not); since time immemorial, women have planned their pregnancies with
other healthy female family members/friends to swap breastfeeding time to allow the new mother to go to urgent appointments and the like without their
If you think that bottlefeeding is more convenient to the mother than breastfeeding, remember to factor in the increased illness rate of babies who
are bottle fed... generally it's the mom who has to stay home from work with the sick kid, which will quickly use up your allowed sick leave. In
addition, bottle feeding equipment has to be fully sterile...nothing convenient about the time and money involved in sterilizing procedures.
For mothers who are physically unable to breastfeed (extremely rare but it happens), nonprofit human milk banks are available. Homemade grain milk
formulas that are recommended by some people as replacements or supplements for human milk are argued against by Lawrence Haruo Kushi, ScD, health
researcher at Kaiser and a father himself, who says, "there is no substitute for mother's milk."
For arguments against breastfeeding, please include links (with documented studies) to back up your opinion.