Benefits of Breastfeeding Essay

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Although breastfeeding has been known to benefit both the mother and the infant, many women still come across many obstacles to breastfeeding, even after a successful beginning. Most families are partial in their beliefs that are influenced by society’s cues (available places to breastfeed in public) and family traditional norms (whether a family has traditionally participated in breastfeeding or formula feeding; and opinions about the preferred feeding choice in that family) around breastfeeding. Many of these opinions impact the choice and options that the family and new mother have. Studies after studies have been performed to search for the answer to the question every woman asks herself, “What is the best way to feed my baby?” Breast-feeding is the all-natural process in which infants get the nutritional consumption that they need to survive, grow, and progress. Human breast milk is completely sterile since it is made inside the body of the mother and no environmental factors influence the process. "There are 4,000 species of mammals, and they all make different milk. Human milk is made for human infants and it meets all their specific nutrient needs," said Ruth Lawrence, M.D., professor of pediatrics and obstetrics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, N.Y., and spokeswoman for the American Academy of Pediatrics (Williams, p.1).
There are many benefits of breastfeeding including the immunoglobulins that can be found in the colostrum produced…