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To Feed Or Not To Feed.

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Breastfeeding in public continues to be one of the most controversial topics in society today. Its very natural for a mother to nurse a baby and should be viewed as such. But some continue to view this act as disrespectful or as not being courteous to others. I believe the reason some people think this way is because over time breasts have become very sexualized. Breasts are not a sexual organ even though they are viewed as such. Their main purpose is to feed a child/children.

Breastfeeding is one of the healthiest things you can do for you child. But breastfeeding is also great for the mother. This act creates a bond between a mother and a child that is life long. (womenshealth.gov) When feeding a new born baby the first few weeks are the most important. “Early Breast milk is like liquid gold.” (womenshealth.com) The colostrum is very rich in vitamins/ nutrients and antibodies that are essential for a newborn. Their are a long list of benefits that come with the choice to breastfeed and extend way past basic nutrition. Breast milk also has disease fighting substances that protect your baby from illness. (babycenter.com) I previously stated that breastfeeding was also beneficial to mothers. Its takes calories from the mom their for helping the mom loose any extra baby weight. It also reduces the risk of Breast Cancer along with Osteoporosis, very serious conditions.

Numerous studies from around the world regarding breastfeeding 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 for at least six months seems to offer the most protection. (babycenter.com)

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. Breast feeding’s protection against illness lasts beyond your baby's breastfeeding stage, too. Studies have shown that breastfeeding can reduce a child's risk of developing certain childhood cancers. Scientists don't know exactly how breast milk reduces the risk, but they think antibodies in breast milk may give a baby's immune system a boost. Breastfeeding may also help children avoid a host of diseases that strike later in life, such as type 1 and type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and inflammatory bowel disease. In fact, preemies given breast milk as babies are less likely to have high blood pressure by the time they're teenagers. For babies who aren't breastfed, researchers have documented a link between lack of breastfeeding and later development of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. (babycenter.com)




The way a nursing mother decides to nurse in public can either have people view the act as natural or obscene. Breastfeeding creates a such a bond between...

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