Saturday, October 29, 2011

Feeding my Newborn--Should I breast-feed, bottle-feed or do both?

Many new mothers and experienced mother have asked this question. There are preferences for and against both. What are really the facts.In this part 1 of this article we will focus on breast-feeding. In part 2 we will focus on bottle-feeding.

Before your baby arrives, you should decide the type of feeding you want to use, breast or bottle-feeding. Medical experts worldwide agree that breast-feeding is best for mother and baby. In breast milk nature has provided your baby the best nutrition that it needs. Both breast-feeding and formula feeding are safe and each has its advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages of breast-feeding is that: 1.breast milk is easy to digest, provides vitamins, protein, fat in the correct proportions and in addition antibodies to fight off diseases that your baby may be exposed to, helps against allergies, 4.breast-feeding saves time and there is no need to buy, measure and mix formula, and 5. it is free.

Some mothers are concerned that they may not know how to feed the baby correctly. As with any other skill, the more you study it and practice, the better you get at it. To help you, you may consider talking to a lactation consultant or breast-feeding educator. You may also decide to join a breast-feeding group, where you can learn from the experiences of other mothers.
Talk to you next time.

Mildred M. Ellecom, B.S
Health Educator

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