No matter how far technology advances, there always will be some things that nature does better.
Today, pediatricians, obstetricians, nurse-midwives, even manufactures of infant formula concur under most circumstances that breastfed is by far the best. Here is why:
It’s custom-made. Breastmilk is tailored to what your baby needs. It contains at least 100 natural ingredients that are not found in cows milk and that can’t be synthesized in the laboratory. Breastmilk also constantly changes over time to meet the needs of your baby, unlike formula. It is different in the morning than it is in the late afternoon; different at the beginning of a feeding than at the end; different the first month than the seventh; different for a premature baby than for a term baby. The nutritions are matched to the infants needs.
It goes down easily. Breastmilk is designed for human baby’s sensitive and still developing digestive system. They are also less likely to suffer from gas and excessive spitting up.
It’s safe. You could be 100% sure that the milk given from your breasts isn’t improperly prepared, spoiled, or contaminated (assuming that you don’t have any illness that would make breastfeeding unsafe for the baby).
It keeps allergies on hold. Babies are almost never allergic to breastmilk. Though the infant could be sensitive to something the mother has eaten that has passed into her milk, breastmilk itself is always tolerated well.
It’s a tummy soother. Breastmilk contains natural laxative effect and because of that, infants who nurse are almost never constipated. Also, even though their movements are normally very loose, breastfed babies rarely have problem with diarrhea.
It keeps diaper rash away.
It’s an infection preventer. When your infant suckles at your breasts from the very beginning to their last time, they get a healthy dose of antibodies which helps boost their immunity and help prevent diseases. In general, they will come down with less colds, ear infections, lower respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infection and other illnesses than bottle-fed infants; and when they do get sick, they will recover more quickly. It also may protect against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
It’s a fat fattener. Breastfed infants are often less chubby than their bottle-fed peers. That is because breastfeeding puts baby’s appetite in charge of consumption. A breastfed baby is more likely to stop when satisfied, while a bottle fed infant may be urged to continue sucking until the bottle is empty. In addition, breast milk is actually calorie controlled. The hindmilk (the milk the baby gets end of nursing) is higher in calories than the foremilk which they get in the beginning of the feeding. The hind milk makes the baby feel full which signals them to stop sucking.
It’s a brain booster. The ingredients in breast milk support healthy brain development. Scientists have a variety of theories: for one, brains are made up of fats, and breast milk contains lots of DHA omega-3 fatty acids.
More sucking satisfaction. A baby can continue sucking at nearly empty breast once a feeding is over. This sucking comes in handy when they baby may be distressed and needs to be calmed down. An empty bottle does not allow for continued sucking and comfort.
It builds stronger mouth.
Convenience. Breastmilk is always convenient, always in stock, ready to use, clean, and consistently at the perfect temperature!
Lower cost. Breastmilk is FREE! No bottles or formula need to be bought.
Quicker postpartum recovery. Breastfeeding is a natural cycle of pregnancy-childbirth-mothering, and it is designed to be better not just for your baby but you as well. It will help your uterus shrink back to prepregnancy size more quickly. It also helps shed leftover pregnancy pounds by burning upward of 500 extra calories a day.
Health Benefits. Women who breastfeed have a slightly lower risk developing uterine cancer, ovarian cancer and premenopausal breast cancer and many other lower risks.
Enforced rest periods.
Less complicated nighttime feedings. Baby’s night-time waking can be a lot easier to take when comfort is as close as your breasts, instead of far off in the refrigerator, needing to be poured into the bottle and warmed up.
Strong mother-baby bond. Any mother who’s ever breastfed will tell you, the breastfeeding benefit you’re likely to treasure most is the bond in nurtures between mother and child. There’s skin-to-skin and eye-to-eye contact, and the opportunity to cuddle, baby-babble, and coo built right into the breastfeeding experience.
Murkoff, Heidi., (2010) “What To Expect The First Year” 2nd Edition