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Breastfeeding : Becoming A Mother

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Amber Lundy
ENG 101
Mrs. Vestal
23 November 2015
Breastfeeding
Becoming a mother is a time of excitement, preparation, anxiety, and uncertainty. Women are given nine months to prepare and make all decisions before the big day of giving birth. One of the most important decisions a woman must make is how they plan on feeding their child. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports, “In 2011, 79% of newborn infants started to breastfeed” and of those infants “49% were breastfeeding at 6 months and 27% at 12 months.” More women should breastfeed their child because of the cost, convenience, and it is not only beneficial for the child, but also for the mother as well. When comparing the cost of breast milk to formula, breast milk will always be much less expensive. Formula can range from $54 to $198 per month depending on the brand. That is $648 to $2,376 a year! A mother can also save money in pediatric costs; including office visits, hospitalizations, and prescriptions. According to Karen Zeretzke, “Medical bills for breastfed infants were ~$200 less per child for the first 12 months of life than those for formula-fed infants.” What mother wouldn’t want to save money? The only costs a mother breastfeeding will have is for nursing pads, nursing bras, and the option for a breast pump. Today, most breast pumps are covered through insurance or with the help of the Special Supplemental Program Women Infants and Children (WIC). Another advantage of breastfeeding
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