Breastfeeding : The Natural Source Of Nutrition For Babies

1175 Words Nov 21st, 2014 5 Pages
As it is the natural source of nutrition for babies, breast milk is the best food to give a baby. The benefits of breastfeeding extend well beyond basic nutrition. Not only does breast milk contain all the vitamins and nutrients a baby needs in the first six months of life, breast milk is packed with disease-fighting substances that protect the baby from illness. This is just one of the many reasons exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months is recommended by several medical authorities, although any amount of breastfeeding is beneficial (Tucker and Dauffenbach, 304). Much scientific research shows that breastfeeding is good for the mother’s health as well. While breastfeeding is the most optimal choice of nutrition for a baby, there may be factors preventing a mother from deciding to breastfeed. Thus, the decision to breastfeed is a personal matter. It is also a decision that is likely to draw strong opinions from friends and family. “Many medical authorities, including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, strongly recommend breastfeeding” (Tucker and Dauffenbach, 303). However, each mother and her baby are unique, and the decision is solely in the mother’s control (Tucker and Dauffenbach, 303). This essay presents just a few of the many important factors and benefits that breastfeeding offers the mother and baby.
First and foremost, breastfeeding benefits the baby, more than any other form of nutrition,…
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