When a mother breastfeeds her baby, it is the best gift she can give and lasts a lifetime. Breast
milk is the superior nutrition for the baby. Breast milk contains at least 100 unique ingredients
which cannot be duplicated in artificial milks. It contains living cells. Colostrum, the first milk,
contains three million cells per drop and mature milk (after day 3-5 of baby’s life) has one million
living cells per drop. It changes taste based on the mother’s diet. Breast milk changes to meet
the growing needs of the baby.
Breastfeeding provides long-term effects as well. Breastfed children have a long life of good
health and higher IQs according to many studies. Breastfed children have stronger immune
systems. This results in less diarrhea, constipation, fewer colds, and ear infections.
Breastfeeding reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
The cost of infant formula has increased 150 percent since the 1980’s. The use of formula
contributes to the burden on our landfills as well as requiring fossil fuels to manufacture and
prepare. Millions of dollars are spent yearly on illness associated with artificial milk.
Breastfeeding promotes good nutrition, which lowers the risk of childhood obesity. Arenz and
Owen both reported that initiation of breastfeeding was associated with a reduced risk of
pediatric overweight. They are less likely to develop juvenile diabetes, childhood cancers,
allergies or asthma. If a mother is aware of these wonderful benefits, why would she choose
artificial infant milk?