child development - breast-feeding versus bottle-feeding.

Authors Avatar by youareaidiot (student)

Child Development short task 2

        Georgina Butler







In this short task, I am going to produce a magazine article to highlight advantages and disadvantages of breast feeding & bottle and to help new mothers to decide the best way to feed their baby. To produce this I will need to research the advantages and disadvantages. I will also need to find opinions for both methods; I will do this by writing a questionnaire which will provide a number of different opinions. I will research how to set out an article and how to make it appealing to my target audience. I will then evaluate my article and get new mums to read it and give their opinion.

Where can I get my information?

Leaflets- use to find trusted information about breast and bottle feeding also analyse the way articles are set out.

Text books- trusted information giving two points of view use          to find out about both points of views.

 Parenting magazines- use to analyse articles and ideas on how to set my own article out.

Formula milk company web sites – helps understand what’s in the milk and why people choose.

Videos – giving peoples opinions on bottle and breast feeding.

Internet- I can use it to find opinions and facts about both methods.

Mothers- real experiences, opinions and views.

Resources list

Internet – get opinions

Magazines – to see articles and get opinions

Computer- to type up coursework and research

Printer – to print article



School books to get information

Mothers opinion

Article examples – idea on how to set it out


Research: Breast-feeding

The first breast milk that pregnant women produce is called colostrum.  It is a thick and rich substance that contains antibodies and protein. Breast milk provides your baby with protein, calcium, vitamins and milk sugars which is the perfect blend of nutrients for your baby.  

 Most women in England choose to breastfeed as there are many advantages for the baby:

Breast milk is the only natural food designed for your baby.

Breastfeeding protects your baby from infections and diseases.

Breast milk provides health benefits for your baby for example they are less likely to have allergies, nappy rash or constipation.

It’s free.

It’s available whenever and wherever your baby needs a feed.

It’s the right temperature.

It can build a strong physical and emotional bond between mother and baby.

It can give you a great sense of achievement.

The cells, hormones, and antibodies in breast milk protect babies from illness.

There are many advantages for the mother too:

lowers your risk of getting breast and ovarian cancer

naturally uses up to 500 calories a day

saves money – infant formula, the sterilising equipment and feeding equipment can be costly

can help to build a strong bond between you and your baby

Although there can be disadvantages with breast feeding:

The baby may be unsettled and not latching on properly

Sore or cracked nipples, blocked ducts

 May not be producing enough milk

Find it hard to know if the babies getting enough milk

Worried about breast feeding in public

Only person who can feed the baby

Research: Bottle feeding

Breast milk is the most natural food for a baby and ultimately the best. Formula milk is made of modified cow’s milk and will never be exactly the same as breast milk. However some mums are not comfortable with  or are not able to breastfeed but you can still give your baby a good start with formula milk.

Join now!

The baby will need infant formula milk up until the age of one year. Iron is critical for your baby's healthy growth and development during the entire first year and a baby's iron reserves run out at around 6 months.

There are advantages of bottle feeding:

• You can see exactly how much milk your baby is getting at each feed.

• The dad can help feed his baby – and he gives you a break at the same time.

• Formula milk is harder to digest than breast milk and stays in a baby’s stomach longer ...

This is a preview of the whole essay

Here's what a teacher thought of this essay


A very good article about the arguments for and against breastfeeding. An excellent introduction was given and key points were made using bullet points. Structurally, I did wonder whether the planning given towards the end of the work should not have been placed at the start to help improve the 'flow'; but overall a good piece of work. There were a few grammar and punctuation errors - proof-read carefully. 4/5