BREASTFEEDING: IN VOGUE OR OBSOLETE?
Breastfeeding has become an age-long practice amongst women. In fact, it is possible that breastfeeding began from the time of the first men. Primarily, it involves the act of the mother, after childbirth, putting the areola in the mouth of the infant for the infant to use the mouth to suck milk from the breast. In the light of this, the importance of the first milk that a child suck from the mother’s breasts cannot be overemphasized. Colostrum, which is the name the first milk the baby sucks from the mother’s breast is called contains a lot of vitamins that are crucial to the survival of the baby. This is why most it is strongly advised that a mother does not miss the chance to give her baby the first milk after childbirth.
Without denying the importance of breastfeeding one’s child, the debate on whether the act of breastfeeding is one that is in vogue or one that is obsolete and should be discarded. On the part of those who feel that breastfeeding should be discarded, they have tabled their arguments; some have complained that because they are very busy, they don’t have time to breastfeed their infant and when they do, it eats into their schedule; for some it is the fact that breastfeeding is painful because they are sometimes subjected to plugged milk ducts, sore nipples and breast engorgement; others even believe that that their partner will feel left out because he cannot breastfeed the baby unless the milk is pumped into a bottle. For these reasons they have decided altogether that breastfeeding is not the best for them and have resorted to giving their infants feeding formulas as supplements for breastmilk. In truth, considering their arguments, they have a point there. However, before we arrive at a conclusion, it is important to look at the benefits of breastfeeding one’s child?
Breastmilk provides the infant with a variety of health and developmental benefits. The natural ingredients found therein help protect the baby against diseases during infancy. They also continue to provide the child with better health as he or she grows. Breastfeeding has also been discovered to be beneficial for the mother in that it helps the mother to recover faster than those who do not breastfeed their child. In addition, breastfeeding also decreases the mother’s chances of having ovarian and breast cancer. It also has a possibility of decreasing the chances of diabetes, hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis and cardiovascular disease. Breastfeeding is also economical as you do not have to buy anything to breastfeed your baby, it is comforting for the child, easy to digest for the newborn and also tastes good to your child among other things.
However, appealing as the prospect of breastfeeding your child might seem, it is also suicidal for a mother that breastfeeds her child to be malnourished. Why? This is because it is the nutrient that is in the body of the nursing mother that she’ll transfer to the body of the child. By inference, If the mother is malnourished, the baby is at a high risk of contracting diseases and consequently die; for the mother too, being malnourished while breastfeeding, will make her contract diseases that could also lead to her death
Having examined the two sides of the coin, it is imperative that the reader chooses one of the two sides; do you think you’d rather breastfeed your baby or you’ll go with the feeding formula?