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Breast Feeding Versus Bottle Feeding
Journalism & Communication
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Your Name: Professor Name: Course Code: Date Submitted: Breast Feeding Versus Bottle Feeding For new mothers there is one question which can easily become a source of confusion, stress and even guilt; should I breast feed or bottle feed? It can often be difficult to find a straightforward answer to this, as it is an entirely personal decision and so many factors must be taken into account.
Theories about Breast Feeding Often linked inextricably with the phrase ‘the most natural thing in the world’, breast feeding remains the most recommended and professionally supported method of feeding your newborn. Medical professionals recommend feeding your baby breast milk exclusively for the first 6 months (LICH Pediatrics, 2011). Other foods or formula should only be introduced gradually after this. The NHS website (2012) outlines the numerous advantages of breastfeeding for both you and your baby. The main benefits are; it is a source of optimal and natural nutrition which cannot be replicated, it builds babies immune system, it promotes a bond between mother and baby and it lowers the risk of infections, other common baby ailments and developing certain chronic diseases. Breast milk is also more easily absorbed and digested by babies compared to formula. Of course the practicality of breastfeeding is also a plus; it’s available anytime, it’s always a suitable temperature and it’s free. It also has health benefits for mum as it speeds up metabolism and helps in losing excess weight after childbirth. ...
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