Vitoria Calvillo, Mary Flake and Nevada Thim
American River College
One of the first decisions that parents make concerning their child’s health is how their child will be fed. One option is breast feeding, if it is possible. If not, an alternative method such as bottle feeding can be used. There has been much research and debate about the benefits of either breast feeding or bottle feeding. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that for the first 6 months baby should be breastfed exclusively (DiSanto & DiSanto, 2012). The AAP also encourages mother to breast feed at least a year (Santrock, 2007). In some cases breast feeding is not the best option and bottle feeding is used instead. When a mother has the ability to breastfeed, it is strongly recommended. Results show that breast feeding has more health benefits than bottle feeding.
The Benefits of Breast Feeding
The research of infant nutrition and deciding if breast feeding or bottle feeding is the best way to provide nutrition is very important. The methods in which babies are fed are not only important to health during infancy, but it also benefits the infant’s health later on into their childhood. Therefore, it is necessary to research and compare both, breast feeding and bottle feeding methods to decide which of the two options is best for the mother and child.
Breast feeding has an abundance of benefits for the baby in the present, but also, in the future. If a mom has the ability to breastfeed, it is highly recommended. In children who are breast fed, there are reduced incidents of sudden infant death syndrome (also known as SIDS), childhood obesity and childhood diabetes (Santrock, 2007, p.150). If it poses no threat to the child’s health, the mother should breast feed. “The growing consensus is that breast feeding is better for the
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