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Mother’s Milk or Formula? That Is The Question.

For many mothers, deciding whether they will breastfeed their baby or use formula will be one of the

first decisions that they make when it comes to taking care of their newborn. With support of The World

Health Organization, The American Medical Association, and the American Association of Pediatrics,

breastfeeding has been getting a strong nod as the nutrition of choice.

 

According to the American Association of Pediatrics, babies should breast feed for the first 6 months

of their lives exclusively. After that, breastfeeding is recommended until at least 12 months. With all

of these recommendations one may begin to wonder why breastfeeding is so highly recommended

compared to formula. Below are some quick nutritional facts that may help to answer some of those

questions.

 

For starters, though formula can offer water, protein, vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats and

carbohydrate in a very simple form, there are over 100 ingredients in breast milk that can’t be replicated

in the lab that babies can miss out on when they aren’t breastfed.

 

Breast milk is carbohydrate rich and contains more than formula does. And because a mother’s milk is

specially formulated for her baby, it contains the right amounts of minerals, proteins, carbohydrates and

fats which make them more easily digestible for the baby.

 

Because babies who are bottle fed don’t get all of the nutrients and antibodies that can be gained from

breastfeeding, they are more likely to have ear infections, bowel issues, and pneumonia. They are also

more likely to become obese, develop diabetes, and have a higher risk for asthma as they grow older.

 

Most importantly, the bond that breastfeeding can create between a mother and her baby is

overwhelmingly powerful and can help both the mother and her baby grow closer and stronger

together.

 

If you are interested in how the Affordable Care Act has expanded breastfeeding support for mothers

please doesn’t hesitate to give Aeroflow a call at (888) 345-1780. We can help you determine which

breast pumps are covered through your insurance and help you get on the right track to help your baby

get all the nutrition that they need!

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