Most health experts agree that breastfeeding is the best method of supplying a newborn’s nourishment for the mother and new baby alike. The feeding can only be done by the mother and can establish a bond with the baby right from the start. However, some babies have problems suckling, so the next best alternative is breast milk that is hand pumped and put into bottles. The advantage to this method is that that father can participate in the feeding process.
When first deciding as to whether breastfeed or not, a new mother should be aware that babies that are breastfed have lower infection rates, such as ear and stomach infections. These children also have less digestive problems such as diarrhea, fewer allergies, and a lower rate of skin disease. These babies also run a lower risk of being overweight and of developing anemia, high blood pressure, and diabetes. » Read more: Breastfeeding Your Baby