Breast and Bottle Feeding

The decision to breast feeding or use infant formula has long been a discussion among doctors and nursing mothers. It is no question that breast milk is the perfect nourishment for babies. It has the natural chemicals that will fight infection that newborn babies will be prone to. Aside from the protection against sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), milk from mothers provides the superior nutrition every baby needs.

Allergies and asthma can be prevented with breast milk. The varying chemical composition in the milk will give the babies antibodies that are best developed at an early stage. Moreover, some fatty acids found in breast milk can promote to the infant’s brain development.

The exact chemical composition of the breast milk is not completely determined by science. Although doctors are certain that the mother’s body is used as a filter and milk nutrients are drawn from the mother’s food supply. It follows that diseases can also be passed on through breast milk. This is a case where milk formulas are used to nourish babies.

The passing of unwanted substances is one of the risks of breastfeeding. For mothers who are under medication, infant formulas are recommended for feeding. The breast milk of a diabetic mother show elevated levels of glucose and insulin and doctors relate it to language delays in children. Although breast feeding can help mothers lose the weight gained in pregnancy, it can also result in decreased estrogenic production and other hormonal imbalances. This results to lack of interest in sex and create emotional roller coasters. Simple medications for headache and common colds are also discouraged when nursing and most women would not risk it. As a result, some breast feeding mothers are stressed and it takes a toll on their bodies, relationships and self-esteem.

While government hospitals have imposed breastfeeding for all newborns, sometimes it just doesn’t work out well for the mother and child. After birth conditions are not always the same for every woman. Sometimes lactation is delayed which leaves the newborn baby hungry. Mothers should not feel guilty to feed their child milk formulas in this case. Meanwhile, induce the mammary glands to produce milk with lactogenic food, herbs and beverages. These are common kitchen ingredients like carrots, beets, green leaves, grains, nuts and soups.

Formula feeding should not be frowned upon by society. Breastfeeding may be the norm but it’s not always the best approach. Doctors should just give the option to the mother as it is all about her happiness and her body.