by Kara Steele
April 07, 2005
Just putting my two cents in here about Breastfeeding vs. Formula. I had sort of "experience" with both my kids when I was pregnant and nursing my first born son. He never got sick much, has had one ear infection, maybe two in his whole life, and basically is now a very healthy 17 year old. I had my daughter 11 weeks apart from my son, and she was unable to breast feed due to complications afterwards. I tried and tried and she was just unable to use anything but the bottle. 5 weeks after she was born it started. The ear infections, strep, tonsillitis, migraines, gastroenteritis, she got everything that came around. Both were in daycare, exposed to the same things. By age 11, it was over. Now, thank goodness she is 16 and has basically grown out of it all and is taking vitamin supplements to keep her healthy.
Breast feeding a baby is the best thing you can do to keep them healthy in the long run I believe. Nothing, no formula or substitute can give a baby that boost to their immune system like mother's milk. I had to give my daughter formula and she was smaller, more apt to be sick, and basically had a really rough time of it for quite a few years. If you are able too, breast feed your baby, its the best thing you can do for them in the long run!
Much peace and love.
Kara (McElroy) Steele
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