Early Childhood Development: Breastfeeding and Child Milestones

632 WordsFeb 2, 20183 Pages
When a mother gives birth to a newborn, one of the many new questions she will have is should I breast feed or bottle-feed my new son or daughter? As a future health care provider it is very important that we can properly educate the mother on the best choice for her health as well as the baby’s. While bottle-feeding may be the easiest and quickest way to feed a newborn, it’s hardly the most nutritional option. The CDC (center for dieses control) released a statement saying, “Breast milk is widely acknowledged as the most complete form of nutrition for infants, with a range of benefits for infants' health, growth, immunity and development (Nrdc.org, 2005).” When an infant is born they are rapidly exposed to a multitude of new diseases and infections. Infant formulas are only able to mimic a very small amount of the nutritional components found in breast milk. One of the best things about breast milk is its always changing its chemical make up based on what’s ingested by the mother, and what kind of pathogens she comes in contact with. This gives the newborn safe exposure to new pathogens allowing the thymus to produce brand new antigens to ward of infection. Formula will never be able to do this and thus is a less than optimal source of nutrition for a baby. Breast-feeding is also good for the new mothers health, as breast-feeding naturally releases oxytocin which helps the uterus return to normal size much faster, it also has proven to reduce the chances of breast cancer
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