A plethora of questions and concerns arise upon confirmation of pregnancy; however, the decision on whether to breastfeed or formula feed an infant seems to be one of the more crucial decisions. Moms new to nursing a baby need all the information that they can get in order to help choose which method of feeding is more suitable, because every mother wants what is best for their child. Unlike formula feeding, the benefits of breastfeeding are substantial for both mother and baby. Moreover, choosing to breastfeed will lead to brighter, happier, and healthier lives.
Infant nutrition is vital for growth and development. According to a Web page posted by KidsHealth, “Breast milk contains antibodies, lactose, protein, and fat…,” which are essential factors for leading a healthy life (KidsHealth). KidsHealth also states that, “Breastfeeding is particularly beneficial for premature babies and can also protect infants against illnesses” such as: allergies, asthma, diabetes, obesity, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (KidsHealth). Therefore, breast milk has the ability to act as a guard to ward off a handful of illnesses. Infants who are able to avoid such diseases and illnesses are more prone to living longer, healthier, lives. On the contrary, a compare and contrast chart listed on a Web page posted by American Pregnancy states that necessary ingredients such as [enzymes and antibodies for example, are absent in formula leaving no protection in regards to illnesses] (American Pregnancy). Therefore, infants who are fed formula are at higher risk for developing the illnesses previously mentioned. With that being said, some of these illnesses are incurable. Asthma, for example, is a disease that affects the lungs. Although it is incurable, it can be maintained. However, the trouble of dealing with asthma for the rest of a person’s life seems demanding and overwhelming. Long-term illnesses such as this one can be easily avoided if Moms chose to breastfeed rather than...
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