Birthing or Breastfeeding?
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|Fri, 08-27-2010 - 1:27pm|
So, since I got pregnant a few weeks ago, I've been revisiting my daughter's birth experience and doing research on the type of birth I'd like to have with the upcoming one.
It made me think about the significance of birth experience versus the significance of infant feeding method on infant health outcomes. If you had to choose, which would you say is more significant and why?
Now, I'd like to set the parameters a little bit. Obviously an infant who has extreme difficulty due to extreme circumstances during birth (e.g. being born at 24 weeks gestation) is going to be affected by his/her birth more than a baby born at full-term. And an infant who cannot tolerate almost any food in the mother's diet and cannot digest any formula is obviously going to be affected by his/her diet more than a baby with no such sensitivities. So how about a typical birth with a typical infant?