Breastfeeding is the normal way of providing young infants with the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development. Nursing is a wonderful experience for both mother and baby. It provides ideal nourishment and a special bonding experience that many nursing mothers cherish.
The reason why I choose breastfeeding is because when you breastfeed your baby you will experience the bonding between the mother and the baby. Also, when parents breastfeed their baby, the cost of milk it free. I think that breastfeeding is the best way to help the baby to grow.
Breastfeeding protects your baby from a long list of illness. Numerous studies from around the world have shown that stomach viruses, lower respiratory illnesses, ear infections, and meningitis occur less often in breastfed babies and are less severe when they do happen. Exclusive breastfeeding (meaning no solid food, formula, or water) for at least six months seems to offer the most protection.
One large study by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences showed that children who are breastfed have a 20 percent lower risk of dying between the ages of 28 days and 1 year than children who weren’t breastfed, with longer breastfeeding associated with lower risk.
Breastfeeding around the world
The Philippines is one of the leaders in international efforts to promote and protect women’s right to breastfeed. The country has implemented laws to control aggressive marketing by formula companies and their false claims that formula makes babies smarter. The WHO estimated that the nation’s total lost wages from caring for formula-fed children with diarrhea and acute respiratory infections during the first six months of life was 1 billion pesos ($23.4 million). Eighty-eight percent of Filipino babies are breastfed at birth and 34% are exclusively breastfed up to five months of age.
While 95% of Indian infants are breastfed at birth, roughly 46% of infants are exclusively breastfed in India, according to UNICEF. Similar to Sierra Leone, many in rural areas believe colostrum is “dirty milk” and it is often expressed and discarded by breastfeeding mothers. Of those children who are breastfed, 77% are reportedly still breastfed at 21 to 23 months.
Nearly two decades of war have led to high levels of food insecurity in DR Congo—31% of children under the age of five suffer from moderate to severe malnutrition. Amid these grim figures, a meager 39% of infants are breastfed at birth. Only 19% of infants under six months are exclusively breastfed
I thought this video about breastfeeding around the world was very interesting.