Breast Feeding Is Best For Baby

Two separate stories from Intelihealth both promote the advantages of breastfeeding. One of the articles begins by explaining the economic advantages of breast feeding, that estimates mothers who breastfeed can save close to $3000.00 annually on formula. In addition, the article says that breastfeeding can help a baby to develop maximum intelligence, eyesight, and defense against disease.

One article written by Stacy Kennedy, M.P.H., R.D., L.D.N., C.N.S.D. of Brigham and Women's Hospital, slams the formula companies using the quip, "One of the leading producers of infant formula claims that it has been creating its products for more than 70 years. Human milk has been around for 65 million years. Therefore the oldest formula companies have been doing research and development only for .0001 percent of the time period our biology has been mastering something all women have in their possession." She carried on by declaring, "We have discovered that the more time a child is breast-fed, the greater he or she will perform in school and the higher the child will score on IQ and other standardized tests when compared with children who are formula-fed."

An extensive study on breast feeding recently took place in Norway and Sweden and was conducted by researchers at the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The study showed that full-term babies who were small at birth and who were exclusively fed breast milk for the first six months of their lives scored an average of 11 points higher on IQ tests at age 5, compared with similar-sized babies who were fed breast milk and formula, or breast milk and solid food.

The article also notes that breast-feeding can help to ensure that children won't overeat. Breast fed baby's immune systems also grow into powerful defense arsenals, equipped to protect him or her from a lifetime of exposure to infections and disease. The first human milk that a woman produces, colostrum, is jam-packed with antibodies and key protective nutrients. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends feeding only human milk to babies for the first six months of life and continuing to breast-feed for the first year.

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