Breastfeeding Is The Best Form Of Nutrition For Babies

1028 Words Feb 25th, 2016 5 Pages
Introduction
The advantages of breastfeeding, which is the best form of nutrition for babies remain undisputed and has been validated by evident-based studies. As a Health care provider, one of my role is to initiate, encourage, and educate young parents on the substantial influence of breast-feeding for the infants from birth to age one. I intend to implement a practice change based on my original PICOT question posed earlier; In babies, how does formula feeding, compare to Breast feeding, affect their immunity, within the first year of life?
According to CDC, (2016), breastfeeding is acknowledged as the best source of nutrition for infants, with reiterated reports on the health benefits of breastfeeding and the health risks related with formula feeding and early weaning from breastfeeding. Consequently, formula fed babies evidently experience more episodes of diarrhea, ear infections, and lower respiratory tract infections and are at higher risk of sudden infant death syndrome, diabetes, and obesity. (CDC, 2016).
Description of the change to be Implemented.
According to WHO (2016), women are recommended to exclusively breastfeed their infants, for the first 6 months of life, since it is a source of antibodies against infection, in addition to constituting all the essential nutrients needed by the infant. Similarly, exclusive breastfeeding has been determined to minimize infant mortality due to gastrointestinal infection and pneumonia. WHO, recommends colostrum, the…
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