The Essay : The Benefits Of Breastfeeding

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Margaret Dzenko
Professor Kelly
Rhetoric and Composition II
November 3, 2014
The Benefits of Breastfeeding
“O, thou beautiful damsel, may the four oceans
Of the earth contribute the secretion of milk
In thy breasts for the purpose for improving
The bodily strength of the child
O, thou with the beautiful face, may the child
Reared on your milk, attain a long life, like
The gods made immortal with drinks of nectar”
--Sushruta, ancient Indian surgeon (translated)
How a child is reared is critical towards shaping them as a person for the rest of their life. This starts at a very early age, in fact, even while still in development in the womb. Even though people may not have memories of their infancy, how the parents or guardians raise the baby has a significant effect on that child’s entire life. The main biological purpose of childhood is growth. Growth is achieved through hormones and these are able to function from energy gained from food and its nutrients. In the beginning stages of life a human is not able to consume any foods besides that of it’s mother’s breast milk, or imitation thereof. This is because it does not have the teeth to chew or bite solid foods, as well as the inability to digest certain foods. Therefore the baby relies on the mother’s milk, as it’s sole source of nutrition and calories until it is able to consume more sophisticated foods. This is not to say however that the mother’s milk is an unrefined substance. In fact it has been found…
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