Breast Milk vs Formula

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71% of American Woman breastfeed their babies. After a few months only 2/3 of women who breastfeed stop. Many women in industrialized nations, such as the United States, find breast feeding to be inconvenient and time consuming. Babies who are breastfed become hungry often. Approximately every one and a half to two hours a baby is hungry again. However, forumla fed babies only get hungry every 3 to 4 hours. With a busy work schdule many women feel that formula is a good alternative to breast milk. However, in early infancy nothing can replace breast milk. Breast milk is the natural food suitable for all the babies needs. Formula, on the other hand, tries to imitate it.

Breast milk is the most positive and natural way to feed a baby. First of all, breast milk provides the correct balance of fat and protein for an infant. Human milk has the unique amount of proteins and fats that help develop a healthy nervous system. Secondly, breast milk helps ensure nutritional completeness. A breast fed baby is able to absorb the iron in the mom’s breast milk. However, a bottle fed baby may need iron-fortified formula. Breast milk helps ensure healthy physical growth. A baby that is breast fed gains weight and grows slightly faster than a baby who is formula fed. Finally, breast fed babies transition from breast milk to solid foods easier than bottle fed babies. Breast milk varies in flavors depending on what the infant’s mother drinks. Formula fed babies, on the other hand, are used to one defined taste. Thus, making it harder for formula fed babies to transfer to solid flood.

Breast fed babies not only get their vital nutrients but also are protected against many diseases, protected against faulty jaw development, and tooth decay. First of all, breast milk transfers essential anti-bodies and other infection fighting agents to the infants. These essential anti-bodies and agents help protect the infant’s immune system. Breast fed babies suffer...
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