Disadvantages of NOT Breastfeeding
by Tee Ashford
You would listen, with your eyes open, learning that children fed synthetic milk have an overall lower IQ. Synthetic milk does not contain long chain fatty acids (fat) constituents of brain and neural tissue which are needed in early life for mental and visual development.
- Cows milk Casein (protein) volume is almost double to that of human milk and these differences affect the digestibility and absorption of nutrients. These proteins are BIG and ideal for growing calves. These proteins encourage the growth of the wrong bacteria in the infants intestines, which means foul smelling stools and not so sweet smelling breath.
- Synthetic milk, is a constant food, never changing, from beginning to the end of a feed, from region to region, season to season, mother to mother, and the stages of infant growth, unlike human milk.
- Human milk is a living substance, providing our babies with immunities. Synthetic milk has been through so many processes, ending up as a powder in a tin, frankly it's as dead as Aunt Maud pushing up the daises. The calve that would have got it first time round, fresh from the cows udder, would have been lucky, our human babies, well?
- People fed on synthetic milk tend to have an increased risk of illness. You can be picky here, as it is not absolute that they will have XXX, but if you look at 1000 people breastfed and 1000 people not breastfed, the total incidence of XXX will be higher in the NOT breastfed group. You will find some very healthy NOT breastfed people and some sick breastfed people. This is why people can say "but I was NOT breastfed and I'm fine". "My uncle smoked a pack of cigarettes a day and lived to be 9". Yes, we can say we're "fine", but how about feeling "better" and uncle probably had a horrendous cough, not to mention other smoker related illnesses.
Feeding synthetic milk increases the risk of:
- When a human baby is born, it is one of the most unfinished mammals on earth. In the womb it was fed constantly and irreverently. Synthetic feeding methods are not a continuum for the fast growing dependant human baby.
- To save costs synthetic milk is frequently watered down when money is an issue. Inhibiting the correct amount of nutrients the baby needs. Watering down also restrains calorie intake also affecting the child's growth.
- Synthetic milk only requires, on average, a feed every three to four hours. In some cases cutting back drastically on how often the baby is held, if at all in some cases. Babies have been known to have a bottle propped up against something. Considering we are a high contact species, more than comparable to primates, who also have low fat content milk, meaning more frequent feeds, these babies will suffer psychologically from a desire to be held. Out of convenience they are more likely to be ignored and controlled.
- Synthetic milk can be contaminated by polluted water or dirty bottles causing again unnecessary illness.
- Synthetic milk isn't convenient, in the true sense of the word. Isn't FREE, it makes money for industry and health care services. Is an environmental issue too. Empty tins, used bottles and artificial nipples fill landfills all over the world. The kind of plastics used will stay in the ground from between 200 to 450 years.
- There are 10 times the amount of silicon in synthetic milk than a mother breastfeeding with implants!
- There is a greater risk, turning to synthetic milk than continuing to breast feed, whilst taking "most" medications. Breast milk is made from the mothers blood. The mother has to first ingest and metabolise the drug, before it gets anywhere near the milk production process. The amount of drug, reaching the milk therefore, is almost negligible, when you consider that the drug then has to pass through the babies digestive system before entering the babies plasma.
- Synthetic feeding does not offer contraceptive advantages, ruling out the natural laws of child spacing and consequently the health of the mother. Exclusively breastfeeding for the recommended first six months, offers a 99% chance of NOT getting pregnant. A mother is more prone to increased postpartum haemorrhage and some maternal breast and ovarian cancers.
- Synthetic milk is a feeding method. It can not offer comfort to a teething baby. Ease away the pain of a fall. Breastfeeding is a complete way of "mothering". Breastfeeding is not just about nutrition, it's a whole lot more.
- Synthetic milk is a "product", breastfeeding is a "process".
- Feeding synthetic milk does not stimulate feel good mothering hormones that help women cope better with less sleep and the rigours of early parenthood. Child abuse is more prevalent in bottle feeding households.
- Synthetic feeding can lead to overfeeding, stretching the infants stomach, creating a problem with obesity in childhood and later on in life.
Adding all this up you'll see that synthetic milk is not an optimal meal........you'd complain in a restaurant if you thought your meal wasn't up to scratch, now wouldn't you, it's a pity our babies can't do the same.
Human milk "the best pre-packed convenience food there is".
To the best of my knowledge this information is correct. I am not a medical professional, but a mother who feels parents have the right to be properly informed about the way they feed their children.
(Sources-Dianne Wiessinger-Kathlyn Dettwyler & the internet.)