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Breast Feeding – The strength of the argument for it

The Argument For and Against

When it comes to breastfeeding, people are either for it or against it. Those for it usually understand the benefits associated with it, which is often why they made the decision to breastfeed in the first place. But, those that are against it would may necessarily be all of the non-breastfeeding category.

After all, if you were not breastfeeding because your couldn’t, you would not be ‘against’ breastfeeding. And, if it were because you simply didn’t want to, you would still not be ‘against’ it, you would just consider it your own choice. So the conclusion can only be that those who are against breast feeding feel pressured by the suggestion.

Unfortunately when the ‘against category’ are exposed to the strong evidence that suggests that breastfeeding is beneficial to both the mother and the baby, they are offended enough that they even refuse to listen to it.But it is important to listen to that evidence because, as a mother, you are making a choice that affects the health of your infant and this choice can have a life-long effect.

It Is Good For Both Mother And Baby

It is important to listen to the evidence that suggests that breast fed children have less incidence of SIDS and allergies, they also have less rates of gastrointestinal and respiratory illnesses requiring hospitalisation.

When you consider the amount of children that suffer from asthma and anaphylaxis in today’s young society you see that this evidence really is worth paying attention to. And for the mother, there has been long standing evidence to show that women who have breast-fed their babies have less incidence of ovarian and breast cancer. Breast-feeding is endorsed by the World Health Organisation*. No, not the Breast Feeding Organisation…The World Health Organisation, that’s a big call.

In a case such as this, where the evidence for breastfeeding is so strong, I feel that it is well-worth listening to.

It can be hard to get started but it’s the start that’s the hardest part. Once you get through the first couple of weeks, it all settles down. You have the advantage to be able to share your health with your child and in doing so, protect him or her until they are able to build up their own immunity, and beyond.

 

*Informaton source: Breastfeeding In Victoria: A Report  http://www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/childhood/professionals/health/breastfeedvic.pdf

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