Healthier babies are breastfed babies... True or False...
There's the urban myth.. or maybe it's not a myth, maybe it's truth based on data and all the nutrients in mama's milk..
I heard that a nursed baby gets less colds, less ear infections, less everything and is just generally healthier..
I disagree.. BOTH my sister and I have one of each.. My son was breastfed for 7months, my daughter.. 2 weeks.. and they are BOTH healthy.. and if I had to choose the "healthier" one.. it would be my daughter.. the formula baby..
My son had asthma early on, has allergies now and had his fair share of ear infections..
My daughter did NOT have asthma, does NOT suffer from allergies and she too had her fair share of ear infections.. but mostly after swimming to a cold..
Same with my sisters kids.. the breastfed one.. she actually had so many ear infections that she had the tubes put in.. her formula baby? Not one ear infection until she swam on a team in grade school..
SO.. As much as I KNOW the health benefits and nutrients of the breast are amazing.. I think that you kind of get what you get with your baby.. breastfed or not..
Let me be clear.. Nursing is great.. if it's for you.. I advocate for a healthy, happy baby.. not purely for the boob. ")
I think the breastmilk is the best food for baby and that it is scientific fact. But I don't think there is anything wrong with formula and I think formula makes healthy babies too.
I think breastfeeding and formula feeding both create healthy babies and sick babies. I think so many other factor go into what makes a child healthy or sick and it is impossible to compare based on what they eat.
Breastmilk is best but formula is good too.
The recent study made sure to compare children from the same family, like your kids Jessica. By doing that it was found that the benefits are not as drastic as previous studies have found.
So, I thought it was just interesting... No arguments needed.. everyone has their thing.. and I was super intent on nursing my son.. and was disappointed greatly when nursing my daughter didn't work out.. so this is really a hindsight experience.. So much judgement can come towards moms that don't nurse.. and I think.. everyone needs to parent their own kids. :)
But the best thing I heard was from a dear friend who raised 2 boys on formula 20 years ago. "Do they look unhealthy to you?"... Nope, they sure don't :)
I'm okay with my decision. I'm the only one that needs to be :)
Breathe. Formula these says is awesome too!!!
I have heard lots of good and bad things about formula and I just didn't like the idea of it, but it's a great alternative and it's your babies food. Breastmilk or formula is not gonna protect your child from getting a cold or developing asthma. Just my opinion.
Either way, i'm just grateful that my daughter's healthy so far.