The Value Of Breast Feeding

 Mothers who were raised with breastfeeding as their primary method of infant feeding are often encouraged to use a formula to meet their infant's needs when they become mothers. Unfortunately, there are many women who, for various reasons, choose not to breastfeed. The unfortunate fact is that these women do not realize the importance of the decision not to breastfeed their infants in later life. If these women had been taught the value of breastfeeding, perhaps their views would have been different.

Background. Experiences from the mother can influence her attitude toward breastfeeding in the later years. Past experiences with breastfeeding or expressing babies can have an effect on the mother's feelings toward it now and can impact her decision when they decide to become mothers again. Father involvement in the infant's care has been linked to improved decision making regarding breastfeeding, and to infants who express more interest in feeding and are healthier.

What exactly is the problem? Many studies have been done to explore the reasons why some mothers do not breastfeed. The majority of these reasons are found to be related to psychological factors such as self-esteem, social support, and comfort. Psychological factors that are studied include the desire to be understood, being dependent, feeling protected, and feeling comfortable. There are other factors that are more research needs to determine how they affect these women and why, but studies have been done to explore these.

Circumstances The majority of reasons found to not breastfeed are due to economic concerns, health concerns, and health issues. These problems tend to be financial and health-based. These reasons usually lead mothers to look for alternative ways to make sure they provide their babies with the nutrition they need without the cost. One of the alternatives is exclusive breastfeeding.

Exclusive breastfeeding was previously recommended only to new mothers. Breastfeeding until the first six months of life has not been proven to promote breastfeeding, increase the chances of latch on sessions, or add any additional benefits to the infant. The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that babies who are breastfed exclusively until the first six months of life are better able to get adequate nutrients for their growing bodies. Babies who are breastfed exclusively until the first six months of life have shown to have higher survival rates for their first year of life than babies who were bottle-fed.

Other Factors The relationship between health and breastfeeding has also been investigated. Some researchers have concluded that there may be a distinct relationship between mothers who smoke and their infants under their breast. Others have found that obese women have greater difficulties in breastfeeding than non-obese women. The factors influencing breastfeeding are still being explored and studied at this time.


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