For many mothers, deciding whether they will breastfeed their baby or use formula will be one of the first decisions that they make when it comes to taking care of their newborn. With support of The World Health Organization, The American Medical Association, and the American Association of Pediatrics, breastfeeding has been getting a strong nod as the nutrition of choice.

According to the American Association of Pediatrics, babies should breast feed for the first 6 months of their lives exclusively. After that, breastfeeding is recommended until at least 12 months. With all of these recommendations one may begin to wonder why breastfeeding is so highly recommended compared to formula. Below are some quick nutritional facts that may help to answer some of those questions.

Formula VS Breastmilk

For starters, though formula can offer water, protein, vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats and carbohydrate in a very simple form, there are over 100 ingredients in breast milk that can’t be replicated in the lab that babies can miss out on when they aren’t breastfed.

Breast milk is carbohydrate rich and contains more than formula does. And because a mother’s milk is specially formulated for her baby, it contains the right amounts of minerals, proteins, carbohydrates and fats which make them more easily digestible for the baby.

Because babies who are bottle fed don’t get all of the nutrients and antibodies that can be gained from breastfeeding, they are more likely to have ear infections, bowel issues, and pneumonia. They are also more likely to become obese, develop diabetes, and have a higher risk for asthma as they grow older.

Most importantly, the bond that breastfeeding can create between a mother and her baby is overwhelmingly powerful and can help both the mother and her baby grow closer and stronger together.

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If you are interested in how the Affordable Care Act has expanded breastfeeding support for mothers please doesn’t hesitate to give Aeroflow a call at (888) 345-1780. We can help you determine which breast pumps are covered through your insurance and help you get on the right track to help your baby get all the nutrition that they need!