Breastfeeding is something that I couldn’t do with both of my children. I just couldn’t produce any milk. It bothered me because I really wanted my kids to build that close bond and benefit from the human nutrients that their body needed. I also, wanted my stomach to go back to its normal size!
Children who aren’t breastfed risk being exposed to different illness and diseases. Asthma, type 2 diabetes, and childhood obesity are a few. The breast milk protects against various infections such as upper respiratory infections. CHildren that are breastfed are said to be smarter, they score higher IQ scores.
Breastfeeding in China is not promoted as much as the formula. THere are breastfeeding classes, but the doctors and the formula companies hand out formula at prenatal visits. The doctors and hospital staff receive perks for promoting the different formulas. In China, their breastfed babies are said to have low iron levels, and calcium deficient. This is when the doctor will tell them to stop breastfeeding. It seems that it is just easier to formula feed in China because it is less of a headache from the professionals that are supposed to support and help you.
I still think that breastfeeding is a healthier choice of milk for the babies. I don’t think that it dictates the health issues a child may have and I don’t think it predicts how smart a child will be. I will continue to do more research on breastfeeding, but all children are smart in their own ways and an IQ test does not determine their smarts.