Feeding babies – level 3

17-02-2023 15:00

The benefits of breastfeeding have been documented for years; however, it can be emotionally and physically overwhelming.

According to the WHO, less than 50% of babies are breastfed for long enough. Some of the challenges stem from societal issues, for example, a lack of support, a lack of paid leave, or no lactation rooms at work.

According to some experts, formula companies mislead people about the benefits of their products. They claim that the baby might sleep better, be calmer, or be more intelligent. A 2022 WHO report accuses companies of manipulating consumers and flooding the market. Formula companies also work through trusted sources like doctors. Doctors get incentives if they prescribe their products and companies pay for conferences or other social events.

Some experts say that the support for parents has to change, so they have the opportunity to make informed decisions about how to feed their children.

Difficult words: stem (to originate in), lactation room (a private space where a nursing mother can use a breast pump), incentive (a thing that motivates someone to do something).

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