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Breastfeeding vs Formula

By | May 2007
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On July 9th 2001 Gabriel Michael was born into the world a month in a half early. His mother

breastfed him for the first 7 months of his life. Today he is just the same as any other child running

around. You would never of known he was a premature baby. Breastfeeding is a better form of nourishing

and nurturing a newborn than formula feeding. It helps the baby in many ways. It gives the baby the

nutrition it needs. It also lets the mother and baby bond. It is very convenient. And it helps the baby

development in mental, deal with stress and health later in life.

The nutrition a baby gets from breastfeeding is amazing. Breast milk is the most complete form of

nutrition for infants. A mother's milk has just the right amount of fat, sugar, water and protein that is

needed for a baby's growth and development. Most babies find it easier to digest breast milk than they do

formula. As a result, breastfed infants grow exactly the way they should. They tend to gain less

unnecessary weight and to be leaner. This may result in being less overweight later in life. Premature

babies do better when breastfed compared to premature babies who are fed formula.

Breast milk has agents called antibodies in it to help protect infants from bacteria and viruses.

recent studies show that babies who are not exclusively breastfed for six months are more likely to

develop a wide range of infectious diseases including ear infections, diarrhea, respiratory illnesses and

have more hospitalizations. Some studies suggest that infants who are not breastfed have higher rates of

sudden infant death syndrome in the first year of life, and higher rates of type one and two diabetes,

lymphoma, leukemia, disease, overweight and obesity, high cholesterol and asthma.
I am a mother myself and I breast feed my daughter. She's 7 months old and as healthy as can

be. I have friends who also...

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