There has always been a debate to choose the right option when it comes to feeding your infant baby. Health specialists say breastfeeding is the best feeding decision for newborn children. In any case, breastfeeding may not be possible for all mothers. For some, the choice to breastfeed or formula feed depends on their comfort level, a way of life, and medical circumstances. For mothers who can’t breastfeed or who choose not to, newborn child formula is the best option. Formula milk gives babies the supplements they need in order to develop and grow.
A few moms stress that if that they don’t breastfeed, they won’t bond with their infant. In any case, in all actuality, adoring moms will dependably make an extraordinary bond with their kids. What’s more, regardless of how – is an extraordinary time to reinforce that bond?
The choice to breastfeed or formula feed your child is an individual one. Gauging the merits and demerits of both the procedures can enable you to choose what is best for you and your child.
Undoubtedly, breastfeeding is a natural and instinctively safe process that feeds, comforts and reinforces the bonds between mother and child, especially during the first six months of the child’s life. From the nutritional point of view, only breast milk has all the nutrients of excellent use that the baby needs in the first six months of life, such as proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamin A, D, E, K and C, niacin, pyridoxine, calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, water, sodium, chlorine, potassium, folate, riboflavin, thiamin and vitamin B12, as well as all immunochemical biochemical which act as a vaccine against various diseases and aid in maturation of the baby’s entire gastrointestinal tract.
The benefits of breastfeeding:
The benefits of breastfeeding are many and extend to both babies and mothers. To begin with we have the release of colostrum, which is the first milk formed during pregnancy and lasts until shortly after the birth of the child. It is very thick and very rich in nutrients, besides possessing several antibodies essential to the good health of the child. After 3 to 5 days, colostrum begins to transform into the traditional breastfeeding milk, which is white and has the perfect proportions of fat, water, vitamins, minerals, sugars, and proteins. Breast milk is undoubtedly a perfect food, as well as being unique in promoting several extra benefits that are not achieved by any other food intended for the newborn, such as the maximum strengthening of the baby’s immune system.
The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding until 2 years of age! And while this is an important recommendation for children’s health, our society often condemns breastfeeding for children over 1 year.
Let’s emphasize the factors that mothers should breastfeed their child for his and her comfort;
Mothers have antibodies and white blood cells that artificial milk do not have. Breast milk protects your baby from some diseases and infections: otitis, allergies, vomiting, diarrhea, pneumonia, bronchiolitis and meningitis.
By containing essential fatty acids, it improves the mental development of the baby.
Promotes the establishment of an effective bond – facilitates the development of the child and his relationship with other people.
Improves the formation of the mouth and the alignment of the teeth.
It’s easier to digest.
Factor # 6
It is economical for the family.
Therefore, breastfeeding should be exclusive during this period, without the need to add any other food or water to the diet.
After all, when the baby is breastfed correctly, it receives a complete food that, in addition to providing all the nutrients necessary for its development, also strengthens your body, helping to prevent the development of food allergies and several pathologies, among them.
Often, breast milk needs to be replaced with milk formula, so it is important to know the benefits of the options available to feed the baby at all stages of development. After all, there is little care when it comes to supplementing breast milk or replacing it, if necessary.
The benefits of formula/artificial feeding:
For many, it is an easy way when compared to breastfeeding. It satisfies the child’s eating needs, it stops crying, even “sleeps longer” and calms the parents’ anxiety. In short: solves immediate problems.
When it is impossible for the baby to consume breast milk, the milk formulas come into play. While not offering all the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding, these formulas have been developed to provide the nutrients needed for the baby’s development, according to each stage of life.
Here in comparison, we can see how artificial feeding/ formula feeding plays a role in the development of an infant child.
Factor # 1
Carbohydrates: the formulas contain exclusive lactose or association of lactose with glucose polymers (malt dextrin).
Factor # 2
Proteins: contain casein and whey proteins from cow’s milk. The presence of casein and cow’s milk proteins may favor allergy in some children. Therefore, some formulas have protein reduction and a better profile of amino acids (fewer allergens).
Factor # 3
Minerals: are added, trying to approximate their contents of breast milk. The calcium-phosphorus ratio is adequate.
Factor # 4
Vitamins and micro minerals: meet the needs of the healthy child.
Factor # 5
Nucleotides: a key role in the structure of DNA and RNA and are also
essential for cellular metabolism;
Factor # 6
Prebiotics: are added. Prebiotics stimulate the growth and/or activity of a group of bacteria in the colon that brings benefits to the individual’s health. The main ones are fruit ooligo saccharides (FOS) and galact ooligo saccharides (GOS);
Factor # 7
Probiotics: are added to the formula. They are living microorganisms that alter the composition of the microbiota producing beneficial effects to health when consumed in adequate quantities;
Factor # 8
Added essential fatty acids: DHA and ARA that play
an important role in the cellular membrane structure of the retina and myelination of the nervous system.
It is always important to remember that breast milk should only be supplemented or replaced with a milk formula by prescription from a doctor or specialist. Sheer care is required in both the procedures so as to keep your child prevented from any sort of harmful effects.