• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Benefits of breastfeeding

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Student: Alena Sarkisov Instructor: Emily Parkhurst ENG - 111 Research paper An exciting and busy time for new parents is getting ready for the birth of their baby. One of the most important decisions they will make is how to feed their baby. The perfect food for newborn is breast milk. Deciding to breastfeed can give a baby the healthiest start in life. Breastfeeding benefits the baby and the mother in many ways. The longer the mother breastfeeds, the greater it benefits the baby and her. "There are 4,000 species of mammals, and they all make a different milk. Human milk is made for human infants, and it meets all their specific nutrient needs," says Ruth Lawrence (Lawrence). Women have breastfed their babies since the beginning of humanity. There were no alternative foods for the infants, so mothers and lactating females (wet nurses) would have no choice but to breast feed their children. For example, in Sparta, Greece women were required to nurse their eldest son and not use any alternatives such as other animal's milk or a wet nurse, because this was the child who was expected to inherit the family name. At other times during history breastfeeding has been seen as something that only lower class or poor people did. In France in the early 1800's, most upper class women hired wet nurses for their infants (Lawrence, 7). ...read more.

Middle

About 80 percent of the cells in breast milk are macrophages, cells that kill bacteria, fungi and viruses. Breast milk provides everything most babies need to build a healthy brain and grow properly for the first six months of life (Riordan, 111). Different studies have found that breastfeeding for six months or more makes it less likely that baby will go on to develop food or respiratory allergies (Riordan, 116). Scientists believe that the fatty acids and immune factors in breast milk prevent allergic reactions by stopping large foreign proteins from getting into a baby's system. A breastfed babies nurses until he or she is full, not until a certain number of ounces have been drunk. That may explain why breastfed babies are less likely to be obese than bottle-fed infants. Breast milk also contains less insulin than formula. Insulin stimulates the creation of fat (Shier, 925). Sucking at the breast promotes good jaw development as well. It's harder work to get milk out of a breast than a bottle, and the exercise strengthens the jaws and encourages the growth of straight, healthy teeth. The baby at the breast also can control the flow of milk by sucking and stopping. With a bottle, the baby must constantly suck or react to the pressure of the nipple placed in the mouth (BabyCenter). Breastfeeding also reduces a child's risk of developing insulin-dependent (type 1) diabetes (MotherFriendly.com). ...read more.

Conclusion

Studies have shown that breastfeeding a child reduces a woman's chance of developing breast cancer later. However, a few viruses can pass through breast milk. One of them is HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Women who are HIV positive should not breastfeed. Other illnesses such as herpes and hepatitis infections can also be transmitted through breast milk. But that doesn't always mean a mother with those diseases shouldn't breast-feed (Lawrence, 476-484). If a mother has any health problems it is better to discuss with a doctor before breastfeeding. In conclusion, one of the hardest decisions that a new mother will have to make is how she would feed her newborn. I think it depends on the situation and lifestyle. Breastfeeding is definitely great. It's healthier for babies, less doctor visits and help to save family budget. But some women have a hard time doing it or are really uncomfortable with it. If the mother is a stay-at-home mom obviously it will be easier to breastfeed. But for a working mother it would be more difficult. Personally, I think breastfeeding is the best way to go. It is as nature intended and provides all the proper balance in nutrition. Women who nurse get their figures back faster and have lower chances of breast cancer. For the babies they have fewer illnesses and get a better jaw development. But the real reason to breastfeed is when the mother and the child will look into each others eyes while breastfeeding, mother realizes what love is. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Composition section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Composition essays

  1. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner - minor choices and significant impacts

    As a boat comes to rescue him, the Mariner turns to the Hermit in the boat, the holy man, to cleanse his soul. As the pilot boat approaches, the ship sinks like lead and leaves only the Mariner floating in the sea.

  2. Comparison of the three poems and how they present the theme of human value ...

    view of local issues and should distance ourselves from these issues, if we are to analyze them objectively. Once this is achieved, one should be able to take a broader, magnanimous view of the issues and resolve the same. With regard to the language expressed in this poem, the poet

  1. Lone Wolf. He reached into a pocket. BANG! Goraz the ape man had ...

    "...it was three months ago and I was on the job, though the task which had been given to me seemed rather unusual; I had been asked to capture a young girl...." Celeste's heart skipped a beat. "Could that girl have been...

  2. How effective are the strategies employed by Save the Children to make this brochure ...

    School is fun. I have no friends at home". In this quote they used emotive language. It is sad to know that this child has no friend so the reader feels like they need to do something for that boy, contribute to this charity.

  1. Taste of thailand has the cure for flu and the cure for boring food

    I'd read about them before eating here, about the kitchen they've been running for six years and the garden they've been tending for nearly as long. I'd read blogs about how produce from that garden makes Taste of Thailand's cuisine so unique (in Dublin, at least)

  2. The Form and function of child directed speech

    He coined the idea of a LASS (Language Acquisition Support System), this is closely linked with motherese in that he believes parents are the main facilitators of language acquisition. Motherese allows the child to develop in their own social linguistic community.

  1. Do smartphones increase or decrease social interaction?

    But, nowadays people are using to navigate in their own hometown. But the main point of this paper it is about human interaction and the big question is: Does smartphones help us to have more social interaction or make us lose our ability to interact with other people?

  2. Essay plans for debating questions about technology and science in modern society.

    Discoveries from scientific research or development of new technology are public goods that are available to all after they are published. While the masses are able to enjoy the benefits of such discoveries, anyone can also use the new information to their own advantage, sometimes leading to negative consequences.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work