Both breastfeeding and bottlefeeding can produce babies that are physically and emotionally healthy, but there are differences. Breastfeeding is recognized as nutritionally superior by the American Academy of Pediatrics. This section presents the many advantages of breastfeeding and provides factual information on milk production and nursing techniques. It also discusses possible problems and their solutions.
A subsection on bottlefeeding offers helpful hints and suggestions for parents who choose this method of feeding. Mothers who return to work may com¬bine the two methods.
Feeding your baby is a natural continuation of your role of protecting and nourishing him before he was born. Your breastmilk is the food nature intend¬ed your baby to have. It is a living tissue whose nutritional and immunological properties can never be duplicated. Receiving these benefits is your baby’s birthright.
Breastmilk is the “gold standard” to which all formulas are compared. Why give your baby artificial baby milk when you can provide him with the “real thing”? Formula manufacturers would have you believe that their product is almost as good as yours. But these companies are not in the mother’s milk business—they are in the business of making money. Your milk is far superior to all the substitutes, and it is free!
By breastfeeding, you can relax in the knowledge that you are providing your baby with the best possible start in life. Educate yourself about breastfeeding beforehand, attend La Leche League meetings, talk with mothers who have nursed successfully, and line up a certified lactation consultant, and you and your baby will share many happy hours of a rewarding breastfeeding experience.