Essay Breastfeeding: Numerous Benefits for Mom and Baby

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Breastfeeding: Numerous Benefits for Mom and Baby


If parents care so much about their child when she grows up, it should begin from the moment of conception. The benefits of breastfeeding aren't always in the first year; many of the benefits last a lifetime. However, many parents don't know how good breast milk is for a child. Nowadays, mothers blame their busy schedules and use it as an excuse to formula feed their baby. Breastfeeding does not only benefit the baby, but also the mother. The benefits of breastfeeding are so abundant, mothers shouldn't ever consider feeding their baby formula. Breastfeeding: Nipple, Breast & all the Rest Today, breasts have gained the image of a sex symbol. Society forgets the main
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Also at this time, breast milk substitutes like cow's milk and goat's milk sucked through a sucking horn, can, or pot became increasingly popular (Stuart-Macadam, 2002).

Between the late 1600s and early 1900s, it was more preferred that mothers nurse their own children. However, dry nursing, a mixture of flour, bread, or cereal with broth or water, became more popular since it was cheaper than hiring a wet nurse (Stuart-Macadam, 2002).

In the Post Industrial Revolution era, there were major differences in the way rural women fed their children compared to urban women. Rural women continued to breastfeed their children while women in the urban areas were more likely to substitute other foods early on. The infant mortality rates were some of the highest in these textile towns where "incidence of maternal breastfeeding between 0-3 months was a low as fifty percent. Interestingly, during the Manchester Cotton Famine (early 1860s) work in mills was greatly reduced and women were forced to stay home and nurse their babies." As a result, the infant mortality rates dropped dramatically (Stuart-Macadam, 2002).

Since the 1930s, breast milk substitutes steadily increased, especially in developed countries. "The food and drug based companies expanded their markets during the post-World War II baby boom as breastfeeding halved between the forties and fifties in America, dropping to twenty-five percent at hospital discharge." In 1956,
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