Thursday, October 01, 2009

breast feeding VS baby formula...

"Breastfeeding is THE BEST". We have all heard it. We all know that breastfeeding is the best. And yet every day new moms decide not to do it. It has a lot to do with society in general, preconceived notions and lack of support. Most of those things are both hard and easy to tackle. We all need to get off our high horses and support each other. If we would all support each other we would see that more women are more apt to try breastfeeding. If we stop being so judgmental about our differences and instead respected one another we could solve most, if not all, of the world's problems. But, of course, we have not yet figured out how to support someone who has made a different choice without feeling like we might have made a wrong choice.

In reality there are tons of reasons (not just health — baby's and YOURS) that breastfeeding is the way to go. Among the reasons that breastfeeding is so great is the fact that it is free. Yes, free!!! So, why do moms decide to spend all their hard earned money on something they could get for free? Well, probably for the same reason they will go out and spend their money on buying name brands as opposed to generic brands.

With both my 2 kids I breast feed the baby then pumped and froze what ever extra breast-milk I produced that day. Once I went back to work (with Puteri), I used the frozen breast-milk. When you have to buy the formula yourself; cost is a big issue. There’s an online calculator where you can check the cost of formula for the time your baby will be drinking it. It will surprise you when you learn how much formula costs.

Also, I know a lot of mom's who will pump while at work and store the breast milk. So if you are really committed to nursing exclusively you can still do it while working. I'm pretty sure companies are required to give you time to do this as well.

Actually in the United States, mothers are encouraged to breastfeed because breast milk is not only the healthiest option but it is also free, allowing parents to save up to USD2,000 for baby formula costs. However, there are some who choose to go on formula feeding rather than breastfeeding for whatever reason. So, what the WIC (Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program) does is that it introduced a new food package to encourage breastfeeding. Now, if a mom chooses the breastfeeding package, she will no longer receive any infant formula. And if she chooses mixed feeding or total formula feeding, she will receive 13% less formula as compared to what was given last year. With these options, a mom will think otherwise about choosing formula feeding over breastfeeding because she will now have to pay more for buying regular formula on her own.

That's a great idea they got there at WIC. Of course, more mothers will be encouraged to do breastfeeding because less support is now given for infant formula.

WIC Services Include:
  • Food checks for specific foods
  • Nutrition education and counseling
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Immunization screening and referrals
  • Health care and social services referrals, including medical services, AFDC, Medicaid, and fuel assistance.

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